The next Triennial Symposium of the ACASA will be held in Ghana from August 9 to August 13, 2017. To read more about it, please see the article written by the Ghana News Agency here.
The 16th Triennial Symposium on African Art was held at the Brooklyn Museum from March 19 to March 22, 2014. The conference was organized by Kevin Dumouchelle, Triennial Chair, and the conference program was developed by Gary van Wyk, Program Chair. The 16th Triennial at Brooklyn considered 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 looked to the future and the past, simultaneously. A Local Arrangements Committee assembled with the task of enhancing the symposium experience and ensuring a successful event. The members of this committee were: Yaelle Biro (Volunteer Coordinator), Dana Elmquist (Outreach Coordinator), Roger Arnold (Symposium Coordinator), Christa Clarke, Ed DeCarbo, Kate Ezra, Barbara Frank, Frederick Lamp, Gary van Wyk, Susan Vogel, Jerry Vogel.
Learn more about the Brooklyn Museum, host for the Sixteenth ACASA Triennial Symposium, including its collections, exhibitions, and mission.
For a full listing of symposium panels and roundtables, click here.
ACASA is pleased to announce Kim Berman as keynote speaker for the Sixteenth ACASA Triennial Symposium on African Art. Dr. Berman addressed 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, Johannesburg. 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.