The Afro-American Tradition in Decorative Arts

The Afro-American Tradition in Decorative Arts

by John Michael Vlach
     
 

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This book, while it is a survey, is by no means the last word on the subject of traditional Afro-American art and craft. Rather, it will provide inspiration for more investigation, for rechecking materials and findings, for further discovery, and that it will ultimately help develop a richer and more complete understanding of Afro-American culture.  See more details below

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This book, while it is a survey, is by no means the last word on the subject of traditional Afro-American art and craft. Rather, it will provide inspiration for more investigation, for rechecking materials and findings, for further discovery, and that it will ultimately help develop a richer and more complete understanding of Afro-American culture.

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Choice

Exceeds previous literature in world art history because it places the Afro-American tradition within a multicultural, world context as well as preserving the attributes of specialized research.

American Culture

Vlach's vision of black culture as a living, dynamic, and often subtle fusion of African and European ingredients enriched the decorative arts field's superficial understanding of tradition and reinforced the views of other current scholars of ethnicity who reject static models of culture and tradition.

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"Exceeds previous literature in world art history because it places the Afro-American tradition within a multicultural, world context as well as preserving the attributes of specialized research."—Choice

"Vlach's vision of black culture as a living, dynamic, and often subtle fusion of African and European ingredients enriched the decorative arts field's superficial understanding of tradition and reinforced the views of other current scholars of ethnicity who reject static models of culture and tradition.”—American Culture

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780910386395
Publisher:
Cleveland Museum of Art
Publication date:
01/01/1978
Pages:
184

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John Michael Vlach is professor of American studies and anthropology and director of the Folklife Program at George Washington University. He is the author of Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery and coeditor (with Dell Upton) of Common Places: Readings in American Vernacular Architecture (Georgia).

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