Performing Global African Culture and Citizenship: Major Pan-African Cultural Festivals from Dakar 1966 to FESTAC 1977This article traces the ways in which the understanding and expression of global African culture and citizenship evolved across a series of major pan-African cultural festivals held between 1966 and 1977 in Dakar, Algiers and Lagos. It argues that these festivals were part of a general shift from political pan-Africanism...
Journal articleMladen Stilinović’s artwork Exploitation of the Dead 1984–90 comprises a huge group of objects concerned with the history of the avant-garde and the ideology of labour as seen from the perspective of late socialist Yugoslavia. This article analyses the role of the object in Exploitation of the Dead and argues...
Journal articleThis article appraises Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu’s contribution to postcolonial modernism in Nigeria through an analysis of his artistic responses to the Nigeria-Biafra war (1967–70). It argues that Enwonwu’s varied ‘Biafrascapes’, which include portraits, landscapes and paintings featuring mythopoetic imagery, reflect his struggle to ethically convey the conflict’s complex realities...
Journal articleThis paper aims to explore the frames of practice that were constructed or improvised in Tate Exchange over its first year, and to assess what they can tell us about the benefits, opportunities, problems and complications of creating an open participatory programme of activity and experimentation in the art museum.
Journal articleThis paper shows how African American artist Hale Woodruff’s 1950–1 mural cycle The Art of the Negro depicts a transcultural art history that embeds the genealogy of modern art within the history of mankind, colonial violence and the politics of liberation. It discusses the specific ways that Woodruff used the...
Journal articleThis paper sets out to explore how research functions in the art museum, and whether our understanding of research and the researcher needs to change in light of how museums are expected to operate in the twenty-first century. Recognising the need for museums to be open, democratic and discursive spaces,...
Journal articleAmos Tutuola (1920–1997) was a self-taught writer who began his career by recording Yoruba folktales and rewriting them in Nigerian English. This essay reflects on Tutuola’s origins and legacy, the significance of stories in Nigerian modernism, and the value of oral history – with all its indeterminacies – as a...
The 1957 Rehang of Tate’s Modern British Gallery: Displaying the Contemporary ‘British School’ in the Context of John Rothenstein’s Later CareerWhen Tate’s modern British galleries reopened, refurbished and rehung, in 1957, the gallery’s Director John Rothenstein was entering the twilight of his career, yet within the new hang he introduced innovative approaches to display. This paper examines Rothenstein’s innovations and discusses his continued use of nationhood as an organising principle...
Journal articleJohn Gibson established a hugely successful sculpture studio in Rome, and despite strong reasons to return to London, such as the cholera outbreaks in Rome in the 1830s, he remained steadfast in his allegiance to the city. His status and success in this intensely competitive environment was promoted through a...
Journal articleThis essay examines a contemporary arts project that was designed to increase understanding of different beliefs between children from a range of faith backgrounds and articulate everyday social and cultural values through practices of making. It extends scholarship on socially engaged practice by demonstrating how creative learning, undertaken through a...
Hickey-Moody, Anna ; Harrison, Mia