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.
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!