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Nka (1995) 1995 (2): 34–41.
Published: 01 May 1995
... critical access to the kind of work that artists are doing in terms of African American representation. At the same time, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art was convened due to the lack of representation and misrepresentation of what constitutes African art. For far too long, people who have...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 154–164.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Tobias Wofford African art has played a role in the practices of studio-trained African American artists since the Harlem Renaissance. As knowledge about African art has grown and changed, so too have the ways in which artists have appropriated such art and imagined their relationship...
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Nka (2012) 2012 (30): 44–59.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Salah M. Hassan In 1986 Gallery 1199 in New York and the Muse Community Museum in Brooklyn jointly organized a two-part exhibition for “Where We At” Black Women Artists, the collective of African American women artists. The exhibition was an initiative of “Where We At,” when its members decided...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (29): 100–109.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Janet Berry Hess This article employs ten years of interviews with the African and Native American artist Richard Mayhew to examine Mayhew’s artistic narrative of cultural “spiritual” commitments and ideals, his alignment with community production and performance, and his advocacy of an aesthetic...
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Nka (2018) 2018 (42-43): 264–281.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Lydie Diakhaté This article aims to introduce Melvin Edwards’s career and explore, through his work in public art, his ongoing dialogue between his global black consciousness and conceptual art. Edwards is a pioneer and prominent artist in the history of contemporary African American art...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (26): 48–59.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Julie L. McGee This essay examines recent work by the American artist Whitfield Lovell, who has been collecting and using vintage accoutrements—the material culture of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century African American life, including photographs—for many years. He is best known for his...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (29): 128–139.
Published: 01 November 2011
... their message into a wilder- of the chattel slavery of Africans in the Americas. ness . . . of believers. Walker is an African Ameri- Interracial interaction threatened the integrity of can artist, but is she performing African American the slave system and led to formal legal bound- art? When I viewed one...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 48–61.
Published: 01 May 2015
... African American coming to terms with Marikana, the analgesic may, art and South African art, with particular focus on like its connotative title Mine, belong to the artist artist and museum praxis. She is curator of African alone. She has completed Mine before the ill-fated American...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 140–149.
Published: 01 November 2019
... and has expanded in scope through recent attention from a subsequent generation of African American artists, including several students as well as art scholars. White (1918–79) was vocally committed from the mid-1960s through his final decade to African American art subjects in tandem with social issues...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 14–21.
Published: 01 November 2016
... implicit metanarrative of black female agency and civil rights–era cultural defiance. The social contract between the photographer and “the sitter” is also explored in this article, arguing that when the sitter is an imposing African American artist/performer/observer, the photographer—and by extension...
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Nka (2018) 2018 (42-43): 124–135.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Penny M. Von Eschen This article explores implicit as well as explicit debates over modernity among African American artists at the 1966 World Festival of Black Arts held in Dakar, Senegal, honing in on moments that reveal tensions among the artists as well as between artists and the US officials...
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Nka (2012) 2012 (30): 60–67.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Kay Brown This essay outlines the formation of the Weusi Artists, begun in Harlem in 1965 as an African American artists’ collective. The word Weusi translates as “blackness” in Swahili. Together the artists founded a gallery and academy of fine arts and studies, both of which became great...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 80–91.
Published: 01 November 2013
..., Disparities and Deformations, 16. and teaches on the visual arts of the black diaspora, 21. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, ed., Monster Theory: Reading Culture examining African American, Caribbean, and black (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996), 4. British artists in modern and contemporary...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (47): 6–21.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Lucy H. Partman African American artist Norman Lewis (1909–79) was known to be a complex conversant in command of many verbal and visual idioms. His art reveals an interest in inter- and intrapersonal interactions. Lewis studied how people conversed, the way individuals operated in Groups...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (27): 100–107.
Published: 01 November 2010
... minstrel show. Some of us remember Cur- This was my first intention, but now I think they tis Cuffie, an African American man who in the need to be seen. They are beautiful. . . . I can see late 1980s and 1990s punctuated the streets of the now how it was part of my anger, my anger, cancer...
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Nka (2009) 2009 (25): 48–59.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., and nered by the Jena Six, which entailed the jailing of ally represents their inescapability and desirability. foundly shaped by those experiences. 2 This back - other benefits. He was the guest speaker for a city - six African American high school boys in Jena, Whereas many narratives of race...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 14–29.
Published: 01 November 2017
... im­portant cultural moment at which many black art ‘made in America the artist would have con- Americans first embraced their African heritage as curred with Schuyler that it was indeed “hokum” an ancestral legacy worthy of celebration, Countée that this art should have its thematic basis in Africa...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 30–42.
Published: 01 November 2017
... conclude that TransAfrican is possibly a more useful metaphor than transnationalism to understand how these artists, one German, one African American, reveal their own identity and black identity through their art practice. Copyright © 2017 by Nka Publications 2017 Winold Reiss Romare Bearden...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 198–202.
Published: 01 November 2017
... white authority and black agency, as black artists demanded that staff consult an expert in African American art for the 1971 “black art” show, Contemporary Black Artists in America , at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Chapter 4 covers the Museum of Modern Art’s pace at better representing work...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (29): 140–151.
Published: 01 November 2011
... original context; learning new approaches serie in Thiès, Senegal. As an African American cul- to pedagogy in design, painting, and performance tural ambassador in Africa, Jones thrived on artistic art; and studying and documenting classical and exchange and arranged to lecture on the simmer...