Wednesday Reception and Gallery Night in Chelsea and the Upper East Side

The ACASA Local Arrangements Committee wishes to remind Symposium attendees about exciting off-site programming taking place on Wednesday and Thursday nights during the 16th ACASA Triennial hosted by the Brooklyn Museum. On Wednesday, guests are invited to the attend a reception at the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation from 5:30 – 8:00 PM. On Thursday, several galleries that regularly showcase African art will open their doors for ACASA attendees (see map below).


Both Wednesday and Thursday night programming are easily accessible through New York City transportation. For Wednesday’s reception, take the 2/3 from the Brooklyn Museum to Atlantic – Barclay and transfer to the N train to Prince Street followed by a short walk West. For Thursday, Chelsea can be reached directly from Brooklyn on the 2/3 from the Brooklyn Museum to 14th Street and walking west; the UES by taking the 2/3 from the Brooklyn Museum to Nevis St and taking a 4/5 to either 59th St or 86th St. For more  information about New York City transportation, please consult the directions page available on the ACASA website.

Dr. Kim Berman to Address 16th ACASA Triennial Symposium

ACASA is pleased to announce Kim Berman as keynote speaker for the Sixteenth ACASA Triennial Symposium on African Art. Dr. Berman will address ACASA attendees on Saturday, March 22 at 5:00 PM in Brooklyn Museum’s Cantor Auditorium.

Berman is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Co-founder and Executive Director of the Artist Proof Studio (APS), a community-based printmaking center in Newtown, JoKim B pichannesburg. Berman is also an accomplished artist, whose art engages social and political transformation in her native South Africa, and beyond. In 1997, she initiated the Paper Prayers campaign to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and promote advocacy through the visual arts. In 2000, Berman implemented Phumani Paper, a national poverty alleviation program that supports craft enterprises in handmade paper and crafts throughout South Africa.

Berman has lectured and exhibited widely in South Africa and internationally. She received her B.F.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1981 and her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University in 1989. In 2009, she earned a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand completing a thesis entitled “Agency, Imagination and Resilience: Facilitating Social Change through the Visual Arts in South Africa.” Dr. Berman’s talk will address the intersection of art and activism, and the role that art can play in connecting communities and overcoming social and political boundaries.

Final Program for 16th ACASA Triennial Symposium on African Art now online

The complete program for the upcoming 16th Triennial Symposium on African Art, March 19 – 22, hosted by  the Brooklyn Museum, is now online and available 

Please check for updated and finalized room assignments and speaking slots, as well as detailed paper abstracts, as well as additional information about the Symposium.

ACASA Triennial 2014 Awards Announced

Congratulations to those who have been chosen for awards to be given at this year’s ACASA Triennial. The awards will be presented in a formal ceremony to be held at the ACASA Triennial Symposium, on Thursday, March 20 at 5:00 PM, in the Brooklyn Museum’s Cantor Auditorium and will be followed by a reception at 6:00 PM in the Brooklyn Museum Beaux-Arts Court.

ACASA Leadership Award:  Jean Borgatti and Henry John Drewal

Roy Sieber Dissertation Award: Amanda Rogers “Politics, Gender and the Art of Religious Authority in North Africa: Moroccan Women’s Henna Practice” (Art History, Emory University, 2013).

Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award, single authored: Allen Roberts, A Dance of Assassins: Performing Early Colonial Hegemony in the Congo (Indiana University Press, 2012)

Honorable Mention: Peter Probst, Osogbo and the Art of Heritage: Monuments, Deities, and Money (Indiana University Press, 2011)

Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award, co-authored/edited: Marla Berns, Richard Fardon, and Sidney Littlefield Kasfir, eds., Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley (UCLA Fowler Museum, 2011)

Honorable Mention: Gitti Salami and Monica Blackmun Visona, eds., A Companion to Modern African Art (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)

16th Triennial Symposium on African Art — Updates

16th Triennial Poster

Three-Headed Figure (Sakimatwemtwe).
Unidentified Lega artist, 19th century, Maniema or Sud-Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Wood, fiber, pigment; 5 1/2 x 2 x 1 1/8 in. (14 x 5.1 x 2.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.486.

March 19 – 22, 2014
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

The 16th Triennial Symposium on African Art will be held at the Brooklyn Museum. The conference is being organized by Kevin Dumouchelle, Triennial Chair, and the conference program has been developed by Gary van Wyk, Program Chair.  For details on the symposium, click here.

The 16th Triennial at Brooklyn will consider the full range of topics related to the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora currently being addressed by ACASA members—from considerations of the archaeological and archival contexts of historical African art to examinations of emerging artistic practices on and off the continent. Like the accomplished Lega elder who once used a three-headed sakimatwemtwe figure, ACASA members look to the future and the past, simultaneously.

For complete details on the symposium, including registration and to reserve hotel rooms at our discounted rate at the conference hotel (New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge), click here.

As in previous years, the symposium will open with Museum Day on Wednesday, March 19, followed by panels on Thursday through Saturday, all at the Brooklyn Museum.

The Brooklyn Museum is home to one of the oldest and most extensive public collections of African art in the United States. During the Triennial, you will have the chance to visit a number of exhibits of interest, including “African Innovations,” a recent selection of some of our greatest works and the first entry in a planned complete reinstallation, which highlights issues of historicity and contemporaneity in this remarkable collection. At the same time, “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties,” will have just opened, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by exploring the intersection of art making and activism in the struggle for racial equality.

The museum benefits greatly from being at the center of a vibrant African diaspora community, as well as much of the city’s artistic vanguard. A local arrangements committee of dedicated New York-area colleagues is working together to help share some of this energy with you during your visit. Beyond Brooklyn, participants will also have the pleasures and depths of the greater New York art world at their disposal.

From programming to logistics, we are working diligently to make sure that the Sixteenth Triennial Symposium on African art provides an exciting and enriching experience for all of its participants.  Welcome to Brooklyn!

16th Triennial Symposium–Call for Panels

New York, NY (Program) and Newark, NJ (Museum Day)
March 19 – 22, 2014
Deadline: JUNE 1, 2013

The 16th Triennial Symposium on African Art, organized by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA), will be held March 19 – 22, 2014. The symposium begins with Museum Day at the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ on March 19, followed by panels and roundtable discussions from March 20 – 22 at Columbia University in New York City. Gary van Wyk will serve as Program Chair, Christa Clarke is the chair for Museum Day, and Steven Nelson is the Chair of the Triennial Board.

This is a call for panel and roundtable proposals (deadline for submission: June 1, 2013). Panel proposals may be open, (consisting solely of a proposed panel topic without the panelists having been selected), or they may be submitted fully constituted with all proposed panelists listed. Roundtables should be submitted with all participants identified.

Panel and roundtable proposals must include the following:
·      Title
·      A proposal not to exceed one page describing the theme and scope of the panel
·      A short abstract not to exceed 100 words to be published in the ACASA Newsletter, the H-AfrArts website, and on the ACASA website
·      Potential participants with contact addresses
·      Contact information including address, phone, fax, and e-mail for the panel chair(s)

ACASA membership and conference registration are required for all panel participants. For information on ACASA membership and to join, visit

Submit proposals via email to Program Chair:
Gary van Wyk
Axis Gallery

The Program Committee, consisting of the Program Chair and two other Committee members, will review all panel and roundtable proposals. Those topics approved will be posted by July 15, 2013 on the ACASA website ( and publicized via H-AfrArts and the ACASA Newsletter.

The announcement of approved panels on July 15, 2013 will be accompanied by an invitation for proposed papers to fit into those approved panels that have not already been fully formed. Those paper proposals should be submitted directlyto the panel chair/s. (The deadline for paper proposals is September 1, 2013).

On July 15, 2013 the Program Committee will also issue an invitation for paper proposals that are not attached to any approved panel. The Program Committee will review and make every effort to assemble any such approved papers into additional panels.

ACASA 15th Triennial Symposium held at UCLA

Triennial Symposium on African Art

The Fifteenth ACASA Triennial Symposium on African Art was held at the University of California, Los Angeles, from March 23 to 26, 2011.

The Triennial focused on the theme: Africa and Its Diasporas in the Market Place: Cultural Resources and the Global Economy.

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