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Speaking of Objects: African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago


African Art Cover

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2020

Purchase from the Art Institute Museum Shop.
Available to booksellers from Yale University Press.

This stunning volume includes more than 75 works of traditional African art in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection from regions across the continent and in a wide variety of media. Essays and catalogue entries by leading art historians and anthropologists examine their meanings and materials in addition to fleshing out the original contexts of their production and use. These experts also underscore the ways in which provenance and collection history are important to understanding how we view such objects today.

Celebrating the Art Institute’s collection of traditional African art as one of the oldest and most diverse in the United States, this publication offers a fresh and engaging look at current research into the arts of Africa as well as the potential of future scholarship.

Edited by Constantine Petridis

With contributions by Martha G. Anderson, Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Pascal James Imperato, Manuel Jordan, Babatunde Lawal, Anitra Nettleton, Constantine Petridis, and Janet M. Purdy

216 pages, 9 1/2 × 12 in.
135 color + 30 b/w ills.

Hardcover $40 ($36 members)
ISBN: 978-0-300-25432-7


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