The Block Museum of Art Caravans of Gold website resources can be used in online teaching. It includes a checklist of exhibited objects, images and information about the objects, press coverage, interviews with experts, and a teacher’s resource guide. This site continues to be updated but is already live. The Block Museum of Art also presents a condensed digital version of the exhibition and highlights some of the important objects featured in it. Users can explore themes or key artworks from the exhibition in Arabic, French, and English. The app was conceived in collaboration with undergraduates at Northwestern University in a course taught by the exhibition’s curator, Kathleen Bickford Berzock, and developed through a partnership between The Block Museum of Art and Northwestern Libraries. More information about this project can be found here.
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“The Art & Life in Africa website, hosted by the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art (UISMA), is a freely accessible educational resource that is the product of the collaborative efforts of more than fifty scholars, technicians, collectors and institutions around the world.
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Toolkits and other material
Woza! An Educational Toolkit on Theatre in the African Context has been funded by the University of Warwick, created by Dr Yvette Hutchison, University of Warwick.
Information sources for African Studies compiled by Joanneke Elliott.
Films / Documentaries
“Home Is Where the Art Is” shares the insights of the CMA’s curators and staff, from their home to yours, on current exhibitions and objects from the collection, during this time that the museum is obliged to temporarily shut our doors. In this episode, Kristen Windmiller-Luna, Curator of African Art, discusses the object, Memorial Head (nsodie). Read more about the object here: https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1990.22
Films on African artists by Célia Antonacci, free of charge and subtitled in English and some in Portuguese: https://vimeo.com/celiaantonacci
Dee, Ruby, and Michael Olmert. Nigerian Art: Kindred Spirits. New York: UNAPIX Consumer Products, 1996.
Engles, Eric, Susan M. Vogel, Samuel Sidibe, and Salif Keïta. Living Memory: Six Sketches of Mali Today. Brooklyn, NY: First Run/Icarus Films, 2003.
George, Nelson, Diane Paragas, Spike Lee, Vernon Reid, David Lee, Francisco Aliwalas, Emir Lewis, Trevor Bayack, and Ion Furjanic. Brooklyn Boheme. New York, NY: Blackapino Productions, Inc, 2011.
Pommier, Claudine, Chiekh T. N’Diaye, and Nina Ferretti. Recalling the Future: Art in Contemporary Africa. Vancouver, Canada: Arts in Action Society, 2000.
Pommier, Claudine. The Art of Viyé Diba: The Intelligent Hand. Vancouver, B.C: Arts in Action Society, 2003.
Pommier, Claudine. The Power of Art: Women’s Voices in Africa (La Force D’art : Voix De Femmes En Afrique). Vancouver: Claudine Pommier, 2007.
Vogel, Susan M, and El Anatsui. Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui. Brooklyn, NY: Icarus Films, 2011.
Joanna Grabski, Market Imaginary, 2012 (53 minutes). Features interviews with artists Viyé Diba, Abdoulaye Ndoye, Ndary Lo, Cheikh Ndiaye, and Fally Sene Sow. Accompanied by a facilitator’s guide (questions for viewing and discussion, vocabulary, and bibliography/suggested readings) and website. Available from Indiana University Press. www.iupress.indiana.edu