Dr. Christopher Steiner (Department of Art History, Connecticut College)
“Masks, Markets, and Missionaries: Liberia, 1925-1960”
February 23, 2016
Franke Institutefor the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-118
The lecture is free and open to the public
This winter, we are delighted to be welcoming Dr. Christopher Steiner who will be speaking on his research in Liberia. Dr. Steiner is a specialist in African art and material culture, art market and collecting, images of race and “otherness” in visual culture, offbeat museums and visionary art, as well as censorship and museum controversies. His field research in West Africa focuses on the construction of value and meaning in art through transnational exchange. Dr. Steiner is the author of the award-winning book African Art in Transit (1994) and co-editor of Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation (1997) and Unpacking Culture: Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds (1999).
The Distinguished Africanist Lecture Series brings senior and up-and-coming scholars of Africa to campus. Visitors usually speak on issues of interest to specialists studying Africa, students, and the general public. The lecture series is made possible through the generous funding of the Center for International Studies.