Africa: Arts & Architecture
In order to arouse public
interest in the Congo Free
State King Leopold II had
a major exhibition organised
in 1897 on the country and
its importance for Belgium.
From 1898 onwards the scientific
mission of the Museum became
its main task and because
of t he rapid growth of scientific
collections from Central Africa
the need for a new and bigger
building was felt very soon.
African Rock Art
Hyperlinked essay exploring rock art sites of Southern Africa.
UPenn: African Gallery
These resources are provided by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The majority of objects in this gallery come from the colonial period of
Ancient Art: Egypt
The works here demonstrate the basic principles of Egyptian sculpture in its symbolic formality.
For over three thousand years the Egyptians adhered to a prescribed set of rules as to how a work of
art in three dimensions should be presented. Resources also include a selection of cross-curricular lesson plans created by local teachers
African Music Resources
While there is a lot of different music, one of mankind's biggest passions is the music of Africa. This site gives you a menu of articles, reviews, artists and labels.
African Art (UVA)
African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning. This electronic exhibition catalog contains a
number of photographs from the Bayly Art Museum's recent exhibition of African art.
Related materials to be offered in the future include an exhibition of African masks.
Art and Life in Africa Project (Christopher Roy & L.
This is a CD-ROM based program on African art, based on The Stanley Collection at The University
of Iowa Museum of Art and supplemented by additional images from important collections across the
country organized on the theme of "Art and Life in Africa". Objects will be placed in the context for
which they were created in the lives of African peoples. (Christopher Roy & L. Lee McIntyre)
Egypt and Art (Richard Deurer)
This site includes comprehensive resources of photographs on some of the ancient Egyptian monuments and artifacts; pictures and descriptions of the gods and some of the most frequently used symbols; Glossary of Egyptian Mythology, Hieroglyphs and Egyp
G.I. Jones Photographic Archive of Southeast Nigerian Art and Culture
An online archive of over 300 photographs of Southeastern Nigerian Art. The photos were taken in the 1930s by the late Dr. G.I. Jones of University of Cambridge. Most of the images capture Igbo masquerades in performance. They are of interest to any s
tudent of Nigerian ethnology or art history. I created the online archive this summer while conducting research with the Jones materials archived at Cambridge.
Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology (U.
The Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology is dedicated to the study of the art and culture of
ancient Egypt through teaching, research, exhibition, and community education.
Images of masks, descriptions, ethnographic information and photographs from West and Central Africa.
Faces of Africa
This exhibit of African masks is organized by the Musee Dapper in Paris,
This is Marrakesh Express, your on-line Moroccan rug and pillow gallery and shop. Maintained by
Susan Schaefer Davis, an anthropologist who had worked and lived in Morocco off and on for the last 29
Panafrican Film and
Television Festival of Ouagadougou
Created in 1969, the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou
(FESPACO) has evolved into an internationally recognized and respected
event. FESPACO became an institution on January 7th 1972 by decree in Burkina
Faso, because of the enthusiasm and the hope it created among the public
and filmmakers in Africa. It is biennial; starting on the last Saturday
in February every odd year.
Sudan Artists Gallery was established in mid 1999 as an ongoing effort
for collecting scattered production of Sudanese Artists. The gallery aims
to become a viable and significant source for materials and information
about Sudanese art and artists, and to play maximum role in the
documentation of such works.
Douglas Camp: Play & Display-
Masquerades of Southern Nigeria
This site features the work of the Nigerian born sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp and
a considerable body of new work she is showing at the Museum of Mankind in
London. The show lasts from 28 September 1995 - 17 March 1996.
Sukuma Museum of Tanzania (Mark H.C. Bessire)
The Sukuma people of Tanzania live in an area called Usukuma which is located to the west
and south of Lake Victoria. This web site provides series of articles and pictures that documents different issues of Sukuma culture.
African art objects from Mali in 1993 and its most recent acquisition has been the Povey Collection of African textiles.
Akan Cultural Symbols Project
The focus of this project is to utilize the pictograms and ideograms encoded
in the arts of the Akan to decode some aspects of the history, beliefs,
social organizations, social relations, and other ideas of the Akan of
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
As a leading center for the visual arts of Africa, the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) fosters and sustains--through exhibitions, collections, research, and public programs--an interest in and an understanding of the diverse cultures in Africa as t
hese are embodied in aesthetic achievements in the visual arts..
Yoruba and Akan Art
Cutting to the Essence, Shaping for the Fire, an experimental on-line catalog of an exhibit first presented at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences in Peoria, Illinois in 1994.
This is an illustrated essay-exhibit by Michael Conner on Yoruba art in wood and metal; and Shaping for the Fire, a similar exploration of Akan goldweights by Martha Ehrlich.
A comprehensive list of links to online exhibitions, projects, symposiums, research and publications focusing on various regions throughout Africa and the world.