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Flash Of The Spirit

Author : Robert Farris Thompson
ISBN : 9780307874337
Genre : Art
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This landmark book shows how five African civilizations—Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande and Cross River—have informed and are reflected in the aesthetic, social and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) of black people in the United States, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Mexico, Brazil and other places in the New World.
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Flash Of The Spirit

Author : Robert Farris Thompson
ISBN : UOM:39015047740165
Genre : Art
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A revisionist account of the origins of Tango looks to African influences in Argentina while painting a colorful portrait of the evolution of this great dance form. 12,500 first printing.
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African American Art

Author : Sharon F. Patton
ISBN : 0192842137
Genre : Art
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Discusses African American folk art, decorative art, photography, and fine arts
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Aesthetic Of The Cool

Author : Robert Farris Thompson
ISBN : 193477295X
Genre : Art
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Presents a collection of essays on the African heritage in the art and music of the Americas.
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Rethinking Social Realism

Author : Stacy I. Morgan
ISBN : 0820325791
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The social realist movement, with its focus on proletarian themes and its strong ties to New Deal programs and leftist politics, has long been considered a depression-era phenomenon that ended with the start of World War II. This study explores how and why African American writers and visual artists sustained an engagement with the themes and aesthetics of social realism into the early cold war-era--far longer than a majority of their white counterparts. Stacy I. Morgan recalls the social realist atmosphere in which certain African American artists and writers were immersed and shows how black social realism served alternately to question the existing order, instill race pride, and build interracial, working-class coalitions. Morgan discusses, among others, such figures as Charles White, John Wilson, Frank Marshall Davis, Willard Motley, Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, Elizabeth Catlett, and Hale Woodruff.
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Working The Spirit

Author : Joseph M. Murphy
ISBN : 0807012211
Genre : Religion
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Analyzing the practice of five religious traditions of the African diaspora in America, the author traces the history, rituals, and influence of Vodun, Candomble, Revival Zion, Santeria, and the Black Church
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Face Of The Gods

Author : Robert Farris Thompson
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173001198860
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Thompson examines the altar traditions in cultures from the Atlantic coast region of Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the United States.
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Creating Their Own Image

Author : Lisa E. Farrington
ISBN : 9780195167214
Genre : Art
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Explores how African American women artists have created an alternative vision of how women of color can be, are, and might be presented in American culture by weaving together artists, styles, and periods.
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Tribal Talk

Author : Will Coleman
ISBN : 0271042516
Genre : Social Science
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African Vodun

Author : Suzanne Preston Blier
ISBN : 0226058603
Genre : Art
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Beads, bones, rags, straw, leather, pottery, fur, feathers and blood—these are the raw materials of vodun artworks. The power of these images lies not only in their aesthetic, and counter-aesthetic, appeal but also in their psychological and emotional effect. As objects of fury and force, these works are intended to protect and empower people and cultures that have long been oppressed. In this first major study of its kind, Suzanne Preston Blier examines the artworks of the contemporary vodun cultures of southern Benin and Togo in West Africa as well as the related voudou traditions of Haiti, New Orleans, and historic Salem, Massachusetts. Blier employs a variety of theoretically sophisticated psychological, anthropological, and art historical approaches to explore the contrasts inherent in the vodun arts—commoners versus royalty, popular versus elite, "low" art versus "high." She examines the relation between art and the slave trade, the psychological dynamics of artistic expression, the significance of the body in sculptural expression, and indigenous perceptions of the psyche. Throughout, Blier pushes African art history to a new height of cultural awareness that recognizes the complexity of traditional African societies as it acknowledges the role of social power in shaping aesthetics and meaning generally. This book will be of critical importance not only to those concerned with African, African American, and Caribbean art, but also to anthropologists, African diaspora scholars, students of comparative religion and comparative psychology, and anyone fascinated by the traditions of voudou and vodun. "An extraordinary tour de force."—Choice "Extraordinarily detailed....Blier's examination of the entire, often mysterious history of vodun is...in a word, definitive."—Booklist "A serious study that concentrates on the hidden power of objects and the meaning behind that potency is long overdue. Welcome Susan Blier's African Vodun....Certainly a must for...those concerned with the psychology of art."—Janet L. Stanley, Art Documentation "[Blier] is usually sensitive to the need to resist imposing Western artistic values and academic methodologies inappropriately upon such art. But she offers the reader a gift even more precious; she offers rare insights into how various art forms—sculpture and home architecture in particular—yield meanings for the African users of such art.—Norman Weinstein, Boston Book Review
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