J.B. Murray and the Scripts and Spirit Forms of Africa: Making the Connections
Providing an excellent example of why folk artists can be appreciated as carriers of knowledge, even if they are unaware of it, this book could change the ways we understand and appreciate American folk arts. Connecting a sharecropper from Georgia in the Southern United States to a protector and healer in Touba, Senegal, West Africa, the holy city of Mouridism, and the final resting place of its founder, Shaikh Ahmadou Bàmba Mbàcke, it makes an interesting link while examining the cultural aspects of two very different and yet similar paths of life. Historians and art historians alike will find this investigation of African American art and folk culture both interesting and insightful. Not only does this book trace the characteristics of art through the African Diaspora, but it also traces Islam through those same diasporic transportations of colonial exploration and slavery.
Licia Clifton-James, PhD, received her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City 2016. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan Community Colleges-Kansas City, where she teaches Global Arts. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she taught Art History of African Cultures and the African Diaspora, as well as Mesoamerican and Native American Art History. In coordination with the Pan-American Association of Kansas City, of which she is Vice-President, she was curator of an exhibition entitled Art of the Americas, held at the Belger Arts Center in April 2016, which examined art from 29 countries of the Americas.
Maude Southwell Wahlman received a BA in Art from Colorado College, an MA in Anthropology from Northwestern University, and a PhD in Art History from Yale University. She began her teaching career at the University of Mississippi, before becoming Chair of the Art Department at the University of Central Florida, and enjoyed a year as a Resident Research Scholar at the W.E.B. DuBois Center for Research on Black Culture at Harvard. She later became the Dorothy and Dale Thompson/Missouri Endowed Professor of Global Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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