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ART 391: African Art: Assignments

Library Instruction Goals

This guide can help you:

Critically evaluate sources and choose the most appropriate source types to support an argument.

Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

Strategically select from a variety of source types to support an argument.

Cite sources correctly.

Organize, analyze, and synthesize information from multiple sources.

Assignments

Articles:

Förster, T. "Senufo Masking and the Art of Poro." African Arts 26, 1 (1993): 30-41, 101. Link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3337107

Glaze, A. "Dialectics of Gender in Senufo Masquerades." African Arts 19, 3 (1986): 30-39, 82. Link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3336409

Your analysis should follow an argument based around a thesis statement that responds to the questions provided by the assignment in regards to the above articles. You are required to use at least one additional scholarly source to inform your analysis of the Senufo masquerade and Poro ritual.

Mix keywords and phrases with Boolean logic (AND, OR, NOT) for better search results.

Examples of keywords used with Boolean logic:

  • Poro OR Senufo AND gender
  • "mask rituals" AND Africa

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Syllabus Statement: Related to our museum trip to the National Museum of African Art, this paper assignment will require you to analyze a variety of primary and secondary sources to evaluate and discuss the status of the Benin Bronzes in museum collections and the politics of repatriation. You will need to review several news articles, video segments, and other documents about current repatriation debates.

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art - Search for Benin Bronzes

British Museum - Statement on Benin Bronzes

The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage: Toward a new relational ethics - Sarr/Savoy report

Examples of keywords:

  • Repatriation OR "cultural property repatriation"
  • "Benin bronzes"
  • "1897 British Punitive Expedition"

Mix these keywords and phrases with Boolean logic (AND, OR, NOT) for better search results.

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