Kongo across the Waters
Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2013. Hardcover. Maroon-brown buckram, gilt letters on spine & front cover, illus. flyleaves, 458 pp., many BW & color illus.,weighs 5.5 lbs. VG. Item #147957
Issued in conjunction with a series of 2013-2015 exhibitions seeking connections of African art with that of African Americans across the Atlantic. "Immersing readers in Kongo history and culture, the contributors to [this book] investigate how an African culture with considerable historical depth evolved over five centuries in West Central Africa and also contributed significantly to the process of clture formation in communtiies of enslaved Africans and descendants of enslaved Africans in North America. By lookin at art from Kongo and from African American communities in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, [this book] brings to light historic links between West Central Africa and North America. This volume invites leading scholars of Kongo history, anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, and art to examine the history of Kongo peoples from the fifteenth century through today. These essays probe the historical interactions between the Kongolese and the Atlantic world, Kongo presence and influence in the United States, and Kongo-inspired artistic expression in contemporary art." (dj).
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