Promotional video for a new course of study for the Spring 2011 semester in the Duke University Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.
Produced by John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History, Richard J. Powell.
The African diapora--a direct result of the transatlantic slave trade and Western colonialism--has generated a wide array of artistic achievements, from the "shotgun" houses of New Orleans to the urban graffiti of NYC. The course surveys several major cultural groups in West and Central Africa and their aesthetic impact on the arts, religions, and philosophies of peoples of African descent in South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Instructor: Powell