UM Assistant Professor David Doris Discusses Art of Southwestern Nigeria: Faces and Fragments - The Moral Image in Yoruba Culture

This event was held on February 11, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In honor of Black History Month, David T. Doris will explore the stunning art of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria who have produced some of Africa’s most graceful works of art, objects, and images. In Yoruba, an image, like a proverb, is a trigger of conscience, calling the viewer to interpret and identify with the powerful legacies of the past. This presentation will examine the mechanics of such visual engagement by introducing Yoruba conceptions of the person, and of the image as àwòrán, “that which we look at and remember.”

David T. Doris, PhD, UM Asst. Prof., Dept. of the History of Art and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria, and has held fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Getty Research Institute. His book, Vigilant Things: The Strange Fates of Ordinary Objects in Nigeria, is forthcoming from the University of Washington Press.

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