AFR 368
The Diasporic Impulse in African American Art Fall 2018 Division II; Cross-listed as COMP367 / AFR368

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Since the mid-20th century, growing numbers of African American artists have explored historical, symbolic, and ritual meanings shared by Blacks in the USA and people of African descent in other parts of the diaspora. Using specific visual, musical, literary, and kinetic themes, Black creatives–across genres–develop work that addresses explicit and implicit points of diasporic connection around issues of identity, indigenous/ancestral wisdom, cultural and political critique, and alternative religious orientations. Looking especially at the work of playwright August Wilson, painters John Biggers and Daniel Minter, dancer Katherine Dunham, and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett Mora, this course examines the symbolic and ritual vocabularies of African American art in diasporic perspective.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1018
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two to three short papers (5-7 pages), and a final project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP

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