The Invention of African Art - Jane Powell Dwyer Lecture
In this illustrated lecture, Christopher Steiner (Connecticut College) explores the history of collecting African art and examines how early patterns of collecting gave rise to the discipline of African art history and the related formation of a rigid canon of authenticity. Steiner discusses how the continuous recirculation of the so-called “masterworks” of African art in museum exhibitions has led to the reproduction of accepted styles in the form of tourist art and neo-traditional copies.
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