Author: Marina Cull
Date: January 31, 2017
Categories: Art|Faculty|Music & Arts

Gary Baxter, Houghton professor of art, will explore the characteristics and influences of African art in the latest installment of the Faculty Lecture Series on February 9, 2017. The talk, titled “Is African art, art: Beyond ritualism, ceremony, celebration, healing, initiation, mythology, incarnation, and divination,” will be held in the Willard J. Houghton Library room 323 from 4:25 to 5:40 PM.

The heavily image-based lecture will feature a variety of works from across Africa. Baxter hopes that the included collection of pieces will leave audience members with a new appreciation for the unique way that art is connected to life in these cultures. “African traditional art and its modern-day descendants from the global South are as well-crafted and as conceptually rich as their artistic counterparts from the global North,” he says.

Baxter has long had an interest in the art forms of other cultures. Throughout his travels across the African, South American, North American, and European continents, he has been able to study the many ways that different people groups express themselves in visual forms. His own artwork is often heavily influenced by his international experiences.

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