16th ACASA Triennial Symposium on African Art


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. 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. A Local Arrangements Committee has assembled with the task of enhancing the symposium experience and ensuring a successful event. The members of this committee are: 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.


To register for the 16th Triennial Symposium on African Art, click here.


New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge -1Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 1.24.37 AM ACASA has negotiated a discounted rate of $199/night for conference participants. Reservations must be made on or before the cutoff date of Monday, February 17, 2014 in order to be eligible for the group rate. Reservations made after the cutoff date will be based on availability at then current rates. The toll free number for hotel reservations is: 1-800-266-9432. To make a reservation online, click here: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ACASATriennialConference


To learn more about getting to and from the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott, click here.


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.


Wednesday, March 19 (Museum Day), 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Registration, Lobby, 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks, Cantor Auditorium, 9:15 – 9:30,
Museum Day Panels (Session 1), Cantor Auditorium, 9:30 – 11:15 AM
Museum Day Panels (Session 2), Cantor Auditorium, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Lunch, Beaux-Arts Court, 1:30 – 2:45 PM
Poster Session: Current Practice in Museum Labels for African Art, Beaux-Arts Court, 1:30 – 2:45 PM
Museum Day Panels (Session 3), Cantor Auditorium, 3:00 – 4:45 PM
Reception to take place at Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
526 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

Thursday, March 20, 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Registration, Lobby, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Panels (Session 4), 9:15 – 11:15 AM
Panels (Session 5, 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch, Beaux-Arts Court, 1:00 – 2:45 PM
Film Screening, Cantor Auditorium, 1:00 – 1:55 PM
Technology Presentation, 2:00 – 2:45 PM
Panels (Session 6), 3:00 – 4:45 PM
Awards Ceremony, Cantor Auditorium, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Awards Reception, Beaux-Arts Court, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Friday, March 21, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Registration, Lobby, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Panels (Session 7), 9:15 – 11:15 AM
Panels (Session 8), 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch, Beaux-Arts Court, 1:00 – 2:45 PM
Film Screening, Cantor Auditorium, 1:00 – 2:40 PM
Technology Presentation, Board Room, 1:35 – 2:15 PM
Panels (Session 9), 3:00 – 4:45 PM
Gallery Night at Upper East Side and Chelsea Galleries, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Saturday, March 22, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Registration, Lobby, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Panels (Session 10), 9:15 – 11:15 AM
Panels (Session 11), 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch, Beaux-Arts Court, 1:00 – 2:45 PM
Film Screening, Cantor Auditorium, 1:00 – 1:40 PM
ACASA Business Meeting, Cantor Auditorium, 1:45 – 2:45 PM
Panels (Session 12), 3:00 – 4:45 PM
Keynote address by David Adjaye, Cantor Auditorium, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Closing Reception, Rubin Pavilion and Lobby, 6:00 – 7:30 PM


The Local Arrangements Committee is looking for student volunteers to staff a welcome/registration desk at the entrance of the conference, serve as on-site support for panel sessions, and to assist with directional traffic throughout the museum building. Volunteers will be asked to be present for a minimum of one day of service (which could be broken into two half-day shifts). In exchange, ACASA will offer complimentary registration to attend the conference, which includes lunch. In addition to their two half-day shifts, we ask that volunteers make themselves available for an orientation and introduction to the Brooklyn Museum in the first week of March. For more information, please contact Yaelle Biro, Volunteer Coordinator, at acasavolunteers@gmail.com.