Books for Adults
The Art of West African Kingdoms. 1987. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Arts of Africa. 1998. Teacher Manual. The Art Institute of Chicago.
Appiah, K. Anthony. 1995. “Why Africa? Why Art?” In Africa: The Art of a Continent, edited by Tom Phillips. Royal Academy of Arts.
Ben-Amos, Paula Girshick. 1995. The Art of Benin. British Museum.
Berzock, Kathleen Bickford. 1999. “African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.” African Arts (Winter), pp. 18–35.
___. The Miracles of Mary: A Seventeenth-Century Ethiopian Manuscript. 2002. The Art Institute of Chicago.
Blackmun, B. 1997. “Icons and Emblems in Ivory: An Altar Tusk from the Palace of Old Benin.” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 23, 2, pp. 148–163.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. 1998. Royal Arts of Africa. Laurence King Publishing.
Boone, Sylvia. 1986. Radiance from the Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art. Yale University Press.
Chanda, Jacqueline. 1992. “Alternative Concepts and Terminologies for Teaching African Art.” Art Education (January).
Dewey, William. 1993. Sleeping Beauties: The Jerome L. Joss Collection of African Headrests at UCLA. University of California, Los Angeles, Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
Drewel, Henry John. 1989. Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought. Center for African Art/ Abrams.
Ethiopian Art. Walters Art Museum, 2001.
Ezra, Kate. 1992. Royal Art of Benin: The Perls Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Glaye, Anita. “Call and Response: A Senufo Female Caryatid Drum,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, 19, 2.
Kuba Mukenga. 1995. Art poster packet. The Art Institute of Chicago.
LaGamma, Alisa. 2002. Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
McIntosh, Roderick, and Susan Keech. 1980. “Jenné-Jeno: An Ancient African City.” Archaeology, 8–14.
Masterpieces from Central Africa. Royal Museum for Central Africa, 1996.
Petridis, C. 1997. “Of Mothers and Sorcerers: A Luluwa Maternity Figure.” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 23, 2, pp. 182–195.
Phillips, Ruth. 1995. Representing Woman: Sande Masquerades of the Mende of Sierra Leone. University of California, Los Angeles Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
Phillips, Tom, ed. 1995. Africa: The Art of a Continent. Royal Academy of the Arts.
Ross, Doran, ed. 1992. Elephant: The Animal and Its Ivory in African Culture. University of California, Los Angeles, Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
___. Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity. 1998. University of California, Los Angeles, Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
The Royal Art of Benin: A Resource for Educators. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994.
Visona, Monica, Robin Poyner, Herbert M. Cole, and Michael D. Harris. 2001. A History of Art in Africa. Abrams.
Walker, Roslyn Adele. 1998. Olówè of Isè: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Books for Children
African Civilizations series. New York: Franklin Watt.
Appiah, Peggy. 1967. Tales of an Ashanti Father. Beacon Press.
Can You Spot the Leopard? African Masks from the series Adventures in Art. 1997. Prestel-Verlag.
Celebrating the Peoples and Civilizations of Africa series. PowerKids Press.
Glubok, Shirley. 1965. The Art of Africa. Harper and Row.
Heritage Library of African Peoples series. Rosen Publishing Group.
Jenke, Veronika, and Kate Archie. Animals in Benin: A Guide for Children and Their Adult Friends. National Museum of African Art.
Murray, Jocelyn. 1990. Africa: Cultural Atlas for Young People. Facts on File.
Musgrove, Margaret W. 1976. Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions. Dial Books for Young Readers.
Souhami, Jessica. 1995. The Leopard’s Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa. Little, Brown, and Company.
Film, Video, and CDs
Art and Life in Africa. CD. Teacher’s guide. University of Iowa, 1999.
Africa: Kings and Cities from the series, Africa, No. 4. Video. 87 min. Distributed by Home Vision, 1984.
African Art: An African Perspective. Video, 47 min. Distributed by Home Vision, 1990.
Arts of Africa. Video. 55 min., The Art Institute of Chicago, 1990.
Nigerian Art: Kindred Spirits from the series Smithsonian World. Video. 60 min. PBS Video.
The Parchment Makers: An Ancient Art in Present-Day Ethiopia. Video. 19 min. Sola Scriptura, 2000.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s website, African Voices, explores the history and diversity of Africa.
An Interactive Map of the Art of the African Continent
The Guggenheim Museum’s map of Africa contains geographic descriptions and examples of works of art from many different areas.
National Museum of African Art
Tour the collection of African art at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art.