The art of African textiles and personal adornment.
Fall 2019 lecture course, ARTD 3195/7196G – Special Topics
Instructor: Professor Christopher Richards
As one of the continent’s most potent and malleable forms of artistic
expression, this course will familiarize students with an array of
African dress forms. Beginning with colonial misunderstandings of
“undressed” African bodies, the course will explore classical African
textiles, such as kente cloth and wax print, and contemporary fashion,
including the work of South African designer Laduma Ngxokolo. The
course will conclude by exploring how contemporary African artists,
like Yinka Shonibare, reference the materials and forms of African
dress through their work.
For more information, contact Professor Richards at [email protected]