View the H-Africa Discussion Logs by month
View the Prior Message in H-Africa's October 2013 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
View the Next Message in H-Africa's October 2013 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
Visit the H-Africa home page.
To: H-NET List for African History and Culture <H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU>, "H-AFRARTS@H-NET.MSU.EDU" <H-AFRARTS@H-NET.MSU.EDU> The discussion thread on this topic has been very helpful and interesting. Why has this subject not been treated more directly as a subject of investigation in African art history? It would make an excellent panel discussion and seems like a topic that deserves more attention. Alexander C.T. Geppert (2010) writes about the rise of exposition studies, and yet trade-fairs remain largely overshadowed by international blockbusters that have become hallmarks of colonial modernism. However, he states that by the end of the 19th century, French spectators began to refer to expos as foires--or fun fairs--and so perhaps "foire-expositions" should be interpreted in the same light. Though even if they are, we need more case studies. Pertaining to my research on Lobi art, Julien Bosc (2009) argues that a (post-colonial) fair held at Gaoua in 1971 was an important space for the concentrated display of regional sculptural styles in Lobi country (maybe the Poni Museum should take this on some day), and suggests that the same event/market reinforced, rather than compromised "traditional" style for the late Tyohepte Pale (1915-2001), whose work now stands as the largest collection of work by a single Lobi artist at the Musée du quai Branly. Given that the evidence here is thin, it invites further research on artist's responses to trade-fairs as State-sponsored spectacles for the negotiation and development of style--"traditional," "hybrid" or otherwise. Cory Gundlach Ph.D. Student in Art History School of Art and Art History University of Iowa ________________________________________ From: H-NET List for African History and Culture [H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU] on behalf of Kathryn Green [klgreen@MVSU.EDU] Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2013 9:16 AM To: H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU Subject: REPLY: French colonial fairs and exhibitions in Africa [Draft] Date: 3 October 2013 From: Jenna Nigro jenna.nigro@GMAIL.COM<mailto:jenna.nigro@GMAIL.COM> If you're interested in going back to the nineteenth century, the French administration in Senegal sent various items to an exhibition held in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in 1865. (Not a French exhibition, but it might be of interest.) I've also seen a few references to an exhibition projected to be held in Saint-Louis in 1866, but I am not sure off the top of my head if this actually happened; you'd have to research further. You can find quick references to these two expositions in the Moniteur du Senegal, 1865 (which happens to be accessible online through HathiTrust). I know I ran across a few documents on the exhibitions in the Q series in the Archives nationales du Senegal. Jenna Nigro Ph.D. Candidate Department of History University of Illinois at Chicago -- -- --