The Invention of African Art
Brown University Salomon Center, Room 001
October 3, 2013
Thursday 5:30 p.m.
In this illustrated lecture, Christopher Steiner (Connecticut College) explores the history of collecting African art and examines how early patterns of collecting gave rise to the discipline of African art history and the related formation of a rigid canon of authenticity. Steiner discusses how the continuous recirculation of the so-called "masterworks" of African art in museum exhibitions has led to the reproduction of accepted styles in the form of tourist art and neo-traditional copies. Sponsored by donors to the Jane Powell Dwyer Lecture Fund and Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.