Ceramic Displays, African Voices: Introduction

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Elizabeth A. Perrill, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: African ceramics in museums have historically been displayed in a manner that employs coded ‘norms’ borrowed from exhibition practices of western anthropological or historical modes: ‘ethnic’, geographic, gendered. To confront these over-generalizations Dr. Elizabeth Perrill and Wendy Gers assembled a group of scholars to present in the panel, ‘African Ceramics on Display: Beyond Didactics and Demonstrations,’ at the 16th Triennial Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) Symposium, 2014. Introductory comments were presented by Wendy Gers followed by formal papers given by Moira Vincentelli, Esther Esmyol, Ozioma Onuzulike, and Kim Bagley; a discussant presentation was delivered by Robert T. Soppelsa, Senior Curator of Art in Embassies for the U.S. State Department and discussion was moderated by Elizabeth Perrill. The United Kingdom, South Africa, Nigeria, and the United States all had voices at the table. The panel’s motivations and theoretical underpinnings and the group’s efforts to foreground non-hegemonic voices in the world of African ceramic display are here in presented.

Additional Information

Interpreting Ceramics, 17
Language: English
Date: 2016
Ceramics, Africa, museum, display, New Museology, Post-Colonial, pottery, sculpture

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