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African Art Reframed: Reflections and Dialogues on Museum Culture
by Bennetta Jules-Rosette and J.R. Osborn
University of Illinois Press, 2020
Cloth: 978-0-252-04327-7 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05215-6 | Paper: 978-0-252-08519-2
Library of Congress Classification N7380.5
Dewey Decimal Classification 709.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Once seen as a collection of artifacts and ritual objects, African art now commands respect from museums and collectors. Bennetta Jules-Rosette and J.R. Osborn explore the reframing of African art through case studies of museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Africa.

The authors take a three-pronged approach. Part One ranges from curiosity cabinets to virtual websites to offer a history of ethnographic and art museums and look at their organization and methods of reaching out to the public. In the second part, the authors examine museums as ecosystems and communities within communities, and they use semiotic methods to analyze images, signs, and symbols drawn from the experiences of curators and artists. The third part introduces innovative strategies for displaying, disseminating, and reclaiming African art. The authors also propose how to reinterpret the art inside and outside the museum and show ways of remixing the results.


Drawing on extensive conversations with curators, collectors, and artists, African Art Reframed is an essential guide to building new exchanges and connections in the dynamic worlds of African and global art.



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