ArtHistory Summer 2019

The Art of Africa

Call (408) 247-0731 or email for information and registration.

Map and Directions

On-Line Registration

Africa is a land rich in history, culture, and art. This survey will cover a broad range of African art, from prehistory to the enforced diaspora of slavery that carried traditions of African art to the west. Along the way we will visit the early high civilizations of Kush, Nubia, and Egypt, the tribal arts of West Africa, and the highly refined bronze heads of the Yoruba people in Nigeria, and many more of the astoundingly rich artistic traditions of Africa.  

September 12 - October 24 (no class on 10/10)

All lectures will be at the Triton Museum of Art

Fee: $85 TMA member, $105 nonmember

*For single sessions/drop-ins: $20

Week 01: Origins

Date: September 12, 2019

Time: 7pm-8:30pm.

Africa is the cradle of humankind, and as such it also witnessed the earliest manifestations of art. We begin our journey with a look at the origins of humanity and early societies, which led to some of the earliest civilizations our world had seen, including Nubia, Kush, Punt, and Ancient Egypt.

Week 02: Traditions

Date: September 19, 2019.

Time: 7pm-8:30pm.

Africa has witnessed the rise and fall and rise again of great civilizations and empires, but through it all — and underlying these stunning achievements — are traditions of indigenous art forms growing first out of earlier tribal arts, and giving expression to a vast array of belief systems, customs, and community practices.

Week 03: Conversions

Date: September 26, 2019

Time: 7pm-8:30pm.

The rise of Christianity and Islam would have tremendous influence on the beliefs and art of Africa, particularly in the northern regions such as Ethiopia, Mogadishu, and to far-flung locals such as Timbuktu.

Week 04: Slavery

Date: October 3, 2019

Time: 7pm-8:30pm.

As the resources of Africa became better known to the Arabs to its north and to traders from Europe and the Americas, its most valuable resource – its people – fell victim to a most vile economy: slavery. The ensuing devastation would have far reaching ramifications on the inhabitants, the culture, and the art of a people in turmoil.

Week 05: Exploitation

Date: October 17, 2019

Time: 7pm-8:30pm.

Africa is a land teaming with natural resources, and throughout its history there was no shortage of nations eager to exploit them. This led to great wealth for some early African nations, reflected in the grand architecture and art of these powerful lands, and to the vicious plundering of those same resources by outside forces.

Week 06: Influences

Date:October 24, 2019

Time: 7pm-8:30pm.

The arts and culture of Africa have influenced the world. With traditions that reach back to the earliest humans, and with variety that is manifested by the many peoples that have lived on this vast continent, our modern day arts and culture would not be recognizable without these influences. When we celebrate contemporary art, music, dance, and literature, we must pay homage to those who created the forms we now so eagerly appropriate into western culture.

To receive word of future classes, sign up for the Triton eNewsletter.

Sign up for our e-Newsletter

  • Copyright © Triton Museum of Art

  • Search for past and current exhibitions, and other information on the site.

    site search by freefind advanced