Historian and archaeologist, Gerard Chouin specializes in the history of West Africa between the XII th and the XVIII th century. He is now conducting research on landscape history and urbanization combining the analysis of European travel narratives, oral traditions and archaeology. He is also leading a research project on the possible expansion of the first and second plague pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Co-director of excavations at Ife (Nigeria), the conference focuses on the sources and methods of analysis of objects in the writing of the history of West Africa between the XII th and the XVIII th century, starting with bronze and terracotta sculptures discovered at Ifé between 1940 and 1960, and questions posed by their documentation.
In 1984 a team of underwater archaeologists discovered the wreckage of an 18th-century gally off the coast of Cape Cod that had been lost for over 250 years. The ship, called the Whydah, was a slave ship that had been commandeered by the pirate "Black Sam" Bellamy during the Golden Age of Piracy. Buried under feet of sand lay a treasure trove of artifacts, including household items, maps, weapons, thousands of coins, and a collection of gold Akan jewelry, some of which is now on view in the exhibition The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana. Join Chris Macort, Underwater Field Archaeologist and Director of Exhibits at the Whydah Pirate Museum, to hear the fascinating history of the Whydah's multiple lives, its sinking, and ongoing efforts to conserve artifacts recovered from the site. Arrive early for a complimentary beer and wine reception before the talk.
1-54 New York returns for its fourth edition at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn between the 4 – 6 May 2018. In this fourth edition, 1-54 will present 25 international exhibitors, the artworks of over 100 artists from Africa and its diaspora, alongside an extensive experiential programme of Special Projects and FORUM. Building on the success of the previous three editions, 1-54 anticipates to welcome more than 8,000 visitors to the fair across 4 days, with 7,000 VIP guests invited to the opening preview.
In partnership with Clement Foundation, the Dapper Foundation presents 'Africa - Artists of Yesterday and Today' featuring nearly 100 major pieces from the Dapper collection. A Fang reliquary figure from, a dance stick in honour of the god Shango from Nigeria, a Punu mask from Gabon, a statuette of Ivory Coast embodying a mystical spouse all conjure up practices that in the West Indies touch deep in the privacy of individuals. This selection of major pieces from the Dapper Foundation's collection reveal a vast repertoire of representative styles from across sub-Saharan African societies.
As the world's most buoyant art market, New York City provides the ideal context for a TEFAF Fair outside Maastricht. We are proud to present the second edition of TEFAF New York Spring, with a focus on modern and contemporary art and design. The Fair’s timing in early May is intended to coincide with auctions, exhibitions, and other fairs in New York dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. The historic Park Avenue Armory provides the prime Manhattan location and setting for the world’s leading art dealers to meet with curators and collectors.
Madison Ancient and Tribal Art is an annual tribal Art fair featuring a select group of international dealers specializing in the art of traditional cultures. With an emphasis on figurative and abstract sculptures, the goal of MATA is to offer to new and seasoned collectors of traditional, modern and contemporary art an eclectic range of antique fine art and artifacts from the rich tribal cultures of Africa, Oceania, Indonesia, Asia and the Ancient Americas. MATA invites collectors of modern and contemporary art and design to consider the beauty of non-Western sculpture both on its own terms and for its potential to compliment their collections.