Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ivory for Copper: Sculpture between West Africa and France, circa 1300

The Newcomb Art Department presents the 2017 Stern Lecture, "Ivory for Copper: Sculpture between West Africa and France, circa 1300," by Sarah Guérin, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. The lecture will be held on Monday, October 2 at 6:00pm in Stone Auditorium, 210 Woldenberg Art Center.
 
By focussing on the materials imported into sub-Saharan Africa in the Middle Ages, Ivory for Copper examines the extraordinary long-distance, inter-continental trade routes that link two remarkable yet distant sculptural traditions, those of fourteenth-century Ife in modern Nigeria and Gothic France. Considering the socially-construed values of imported commodities reveals medieval African’s active role in the ‘World System.’
 

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