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Speaking of Objects

African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago

Constantine Petridis (Editor), Martha G. Anderson (Contributions by), Kathleen Bickford Berzock (Contributions by), Pascal James Imperato (Contributions by), Manuel Jordan (Contributions by), Babatunde Lawal (Contributions by), Anitra Nettleton (Contributions by), Janet Purdy (Contributions by)


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A lavishly illustrated selection of highlights from the Art Institute of Chicago’s extraordinary collection of the arts of Africa

Featuring a selection of more than 75 works of traditional African art in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection, this stunning volume includes objects in a wide variety of media from regions across the continent. Essays and catalogue entries by leading art historians and anthropologists attend closely to the meanings and materials of the works themselves in addition to fleshing out original contexts. 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 is a fresh and engaging look at current research into the arts of Africa as well as the potential of future scholarship.

Art Institute of Chicago, 9780300254327, 216pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

About the Author

Constantine Petridis is curator and chair of the arts of Africa at the Art Institute of Chicago.