Don Cosentino, "Kongo in the American Imaginary" lecture today
"Four Moments Revisited: Kongo in the American Imaginary"
Donald Cosentino , Emeritus Professor, UCLA
November 17, 2014
4:30 P.M. • McCormick 106
Donald Cosentino is Professor Emeritus of
World Arts and Cultures. His research interests include Black Atlantic
myth, rituals, art and popular cultures. He has done extensive fieldwork
on oral traditions in Sierra Leone; on Vodou art and mythology in
Haiti; and on the flowering of alternative religions in Los Angeles. He
is the author of Defiant Maids and Stubborn Farmers: Tradition and Invention in Mende Story Performance (Cambridge University Press,1982, 2008) and Vodou Things: The Art of Pierrot Barra and Marie Cassaise (University of Mississippi Press, 1998). He was the curator, editor and chief writer for the award winning project, The Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou (1995-99), and for Divine Revolution: the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrie (2004). As a Guggenheim Fellow (2006), Cosentino completed fieldwork for Chasing the Dead,
a book he is writing based on his travels with an Argentine-American
magus and his Kongo spirit guide. Cosentino is currently chief curator
of "In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art," a
traveling exhibition, which opened at the UCLA Fowler Museum in Fall
2012 and travelled to La Musee de la Civilisation in Quebec City in
2013-14. He has a Ph.D. in African Languages and Literatures from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This lecture is part of the "Kongo Arts in Africa and the World" lecture
series organized by Chika Okeke-Agulu in conjuction with the exhibition
"Kongo Across the Waters" at the Princeton University Art Museum
(October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015).