A series of four lectures on the treasures of sub-Saharan sculpture as well as its influence on the European art scene.
Join us for a series of lectures on sub-Saharan sculpture by Natty Mark Samuels, founder of the African School, a Cultural Educational project providing teaching in African Studies, to the general community; focusing on pre-colonial sub-Saharan societies. Natty is also an Adult Tutor for Abingdon and Witney College, teaching in community settings.
Next to the word ‘treasury,’ in my Readers Digest Universal Dictionary, it says, ‘A place where treasure is kept or stored.’ That is what the African continent is; and through this lecture series, we shall be visiting some of the greatest storehouses, in countries such as Ivory Coast, Liberia, Cameroon, Nigeria and the Congo. Come with me as we traverse the sub-Saharan regions, marvelling at the wonders in wood.
For me, historically, its the peoples of central and west Africa, that have produced the greatest sculpture on the continent. This lecture celebrates the sculpture of the Congo : ‘visages from the shrine.’
As l say in the introduction to my collection of writings, from which this lecture gets its name, I give thanks “for those individuals who took African sculpture from the place of oddities and placed it on the pedestal of art.’
In the verse entitled ‘lfe and Meta, l ask the dealer Charles Ratton, ‘Were you magnetised by Ife? Enchanted by the Yoruba? This lecture celebrates one of the greatest sculpting and casting traditions of all time.
In ‘African Wood Sculpture,’ l say ‘ln your painting Max, you showcased the sculptural wonders of Africa.’ When we think of the African influence on European art, we tend to think of France. This lecture takes us from Paris to Dresden, then onwards to Berlin.
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