Investigate African art in the Met's collection in this three-session course (February 7, 14, and 21), which meets in the Met's classrooms and galleries.
Explore the range of artistic traditions featured in the Metropolitan's collection in relation to the distinctive worldviews, ideas, and patronage systems that led to their creation. Learn about the art of Ethiopia, the Dogon of Mali, the Kingdom of Benin in Nigeria, the Baule of Ivory Coast, the Fang of Gabon, and the Kongo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Session 2—Bamana Art
Examine the rich range of forms of artistic expression produced by Bamana artists from Mali in West Africa. During the first half of the session, gain an understanding of the variety of Bamana art represented in the Metropolitan's collection, including figurative sculpture, carved headdresses, forged ironwork, dyed textiles, carved wood architectural elements, and power objects produced by blacksmiths for age-grade associations. During the second half, focus on a series of monumental Gwan and Jo figures that are a centerpiece of the Metropolitan's main African Art gallery.
Session 3—African Art in Western Collections
African art was most famously collected by the European avant-garde during the early twentieth century, but it entered European collections as early as the fifteenth century during the Age of Exploration. Consider how African objects have been collected in the United States and Europe over time and by different institutions.
Space is limited. Purchase tickets below or at the Great Hall box office. Registration ends at noon on the first day of the course. For more information, call 212-570-3961.
Fee: $100 for the three-session course (includes Museum admission)
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