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[teacherartexchange] Writing/Graphic Systems in African Art (site)


From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 17 2007 - 07:26:41 PDT

Dear Art Educators,

This is a repeat... I posted it a couple months ago but am re-posting
for new members.
Site was featured in Scout Report last week.

11. Inscribing Meaning: Writing + Graphic Systems in African Art [Macromedia
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The power of the written word and its graphic form is a subject that has
fascinated humankind for millennia. This relationship within the world of
African art is explored by this nice online exhibit offered by the National
Museum of African Art. Working with the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the exhibit
looks at how various writing traditions have communicated a wide range of
ideas, such as those regarding religious traditions, cultural activities,
and so on. The exhibit is divided into sections titled "Ways of Knowing",
"Inscribing the Body", "Sacred Scripts", and "Writing Politics". While all
of the sections are worthy of attention, the "Sacred Scripts" section is a
great place to start. Here, visitors can look at a talismanic Qur'an board
from the Sudan and learn about the importance of amulets to the Limba
peoples of Sierra Leone. [KMG]

Copyright 2007 (posted with permission).

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