Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back / Edition 1

Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back / Edition 1

by Pamela McClusky, Robert Farris Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691092958

ISBN-13: 9780691092959

Pub. Date: 01/21/2002

Publisher: Seattle Art Museum

This strikingly unusual and beautifully illustrated book represents a turning point in African art history. The authors draw on personal memories, interviews, and oral narratives to present twelve "case histories" of objects—or clusters of objects—in the Seattle Art Museum's renowned collection of African art. Each case history is enriched by comments from

Overview

This strikingly unusual and beautifully illustrated book represents a turning point in African art history. The authors draw on personal memories, interviews, and oral narratives to present twelve "case histories" of objects—or clusters of objects—in the Seattle Art Museum's renowned collection of African art. Each case history is enriched by comments from artists, art historians, writers, community members, and patrons who guide readers back into the markets, palaces, ceremonies, shrines, and streets where African art originated. Often sitting still and silent in a museum display case, African art is frozen in an alien frame. Vibrant music, movement, debate, and cryptic voices are among the missing elements that once surrounded the mask, sculpture, ring, or stool. Reframing the objects, Art from Africa proposes looking at what was once done with them while also listening carefully to what was once said in their presence. As the case histories reveal, the gross mislabeling of objects as "fetishes," "idols," and "devil masks" dissolves as art becomes better known as medicine, philosophy, personality correctives, and blessings for the future. Known for his scintillating analyses of African art, Robert Farris Thompson devotes his opening essay to introducing the missing dimension of motion, exploring the meaning of postures and gestures in various African cultures. A curator dedicated to telling the stories behind such art, Pamela McClusky explores subjects ranging from royal art of the Kom and Asante kingdoms, masquerades from the Yoruba, Dan, and Mende cultures, hunters' shirts from the Mande empire, sculpture from the Kongo kingdom, Mercedes-Benz coffins from the streets of Ghana, photographs from Mali, and Maasai body ornaments. This book accompanies a special exhibition of the museum's collection, but, as all art lovers who look beyond museum walls will appreciate, it is much more than an exhibition catalogue. EXHIBITION SCHEDULE Seattle Art Museum
February 7, 2002-May 19, 2002

Author Biography: Pamela McClusky founded the Seattle Art Museum's Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in 1980, and she is currently Curator of African and Oceanic Art there. She has published African Masks and Muses: Selections of African Art in the Seattle Art Museum. Robert Farris Thompson is Professor of African and African American Art History at Yale University. His publications include The Four Moments of the Sun: Kongo Art in Two Worlds and Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy (Random House).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691092959
Publisher:
Seattle Art Museum
Publication date:
01/21/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.55(w) x 10.56(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

1 Shark Diving
Chummingand baiting 10
Is shark diving acceptable ecotourism or unacceptable and dangerous exploitation? 11
Planning a shark dive 18
2. How Dangerous are Sharks? The International Shark Attack File 24
How many people are attacked? 24
Why do sharks attack? 25
Where do sharks attack? 27
Shark attacks on divers 29
Dangerous sharks 30
Reducingthe risk 31
Shark repellents and protection 34
Learningfrom an 'inevitable' attack 36
Shark attacks in perspective 37
3. Shark Photography
Cameras 40
Lenses 42
Film 44
Exposure 44
Artificial flash 45
Backscatter 46
Get close. . . and then get even closer 47
Composition 47
Safety 48
4. The World of Sharks
Origins and ancestors 51
Classification of sharks 54
The perfect body 58
Sensing the environment 60
The ultimate predator 65
Making more sharks 69
Shark research 73
5. Shark Conservation
Shark finning 80
Shark skin, meat, liver oil, cartilage and other products 85
How divers can help 87
6. Shark Directory
Shark identification 89
Naming the parts of a shark 91
Sand tiger shark 92
Thresher sharks 94
Baskingshark 96
Shortfin mako shark 98
Great white shark l00
Scalloped hammerhead shark 102
Great hammerhead shark 104
Caribbean reef shark 106
Oceanic whitetip shark 108
Silky shark 110
Dusky shark 112
Galapagos shark 114
Grey reef shark 116
Silvertip shark 118
Blacktip reef shark 120
Bull shark 122
Bronze whaler shark 124
Lemon shark 126
Tiger shark 128
Whitetipreef shark 130
Blue shark 132
Whale shark 134
Nurse shark 136
Zebra shark 138
7. Directory of Shark-watching Sites
Maps 142-53
Introduction 154
North America and Mexico 155
Central and South America 175
The Bahamas and the Caribbean 187
Europe 202
East and Southern Africa 205
North Africa and the Middle East 214
Asia 221
Mauritius 234
The Seychelles 235
The Maldives 238
Australasia 248
Pacific Islands 268

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