Sunday, May 8, 2022

Chika Okeke-Agulu on the call for artistic expression and rise of Africa...


I interview from 2020 is one of my most biographic. Thanks to the guys at Luminary FM.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Oxford Union Debates on Restitution of Looted Artefacts: May 12, 2022




Topic: “This House Would Repatriate Contested Artefacts”

Whether the Elgin Marbles should be returned is a perennial question. Amidst increasing scrutiny of symbols of Europe’s colonial past, multiple states and the UN have called for the return of contested cultural property. From the Koh-i-Noor Diamond and the Rosetta Stone, to the Benin Bronzes and Moai Statues of Easter Island, British institutions are full of artefacts claimed by nations across the globe. This poses the question of whether it is time for museums to heed the calls to ‘wash [their] hands of blood and return’ everything. Can any country ever legitimately own artefacts of collective historic significance? Can modern states truly lay claim to their countries’ history?

 

Proposition

Chika Okeke-Agulu

Artist, curator, and historian specialising in African and African diaspora art history. He is Director of African Studies at Princeton University and was appointed as the Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at New York University.

 

Steph Scholten

Director of the Hunterian Museum. He has previously served as Director of Heritage Collections at the University of Amsterdam, and has worked for the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, and for the National Institute for Conservation in Amsterdam.

 

Alice Procter

Art historian, art activist, and creator of ‘Uncomfortable Art Tours’, an educational project offering unofficial guided tours exploring the imperial background of major institutions. She also runs a gallery and museum review podcast, ‘The Exhibitionist’.

 

Stephen Fry

British actor, activist, broadcaster, comedian, director, and writer. He has repeatedly appealed to the British government for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. He has written in support of the #LostMyMarbles campaign on Twitter, and has expressed his wish to see the statues steeped in the ‘blue lights of Greece’.

 

Opposition

Gary Vikan

Academic and former Director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. He has curated a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions, provides consulting services to cultural clients and pursues projects at the intersection of the arts and sciences.

Monday, March 21, 2022

Princeton University Art Museum Seeks Assistant Curator for African Art

The Princeton University Art Museum welcomes applications for an Assistant Curator of African Art. This two-year full-time benefits-eligible appointment will help shape the presentation of African art in new collections galleries in a new building designed by Sir David Adjaye, scheduled to open in late 2024. The curator will report to the chief curator and work in close coordination with the director, curators in other areas, designers, educators, faculty, and others. 

The collection of African art at Princeton—growing regularly through gifts and purchase—includes excellent examples of masks, figures, and other works of art, with particular strengths in the arts of Western and Central Africa. In addition, African and African diasporic photography, modern and contemporary art, and works on paper are represented in the collection. The curator joins us at a dynamic time and will play a key role in the collections’ research, installation, and interpretation. 

As part of broader efforts to present art in global, transhistorical contexts in the new building, the curator will develop checklists, conceptualize installation strategies, and produce didactics for African art, in collaboration with the chief curator, director, educators, and designers. The curator should be well versed in area scholarship and the latest curatorial and museological approaches in African art; they should also be able to tap into a network of specialists for expert consultation, as needed. The curator should have the experience necessary to facilitate the presentation of a range of artistic and community voices in the galleries. The ideal candidate will be able to complete deep object research, including provenance; will embrace the possibilities of an academic museum; and will communicate effectively with scholarly and diverse audiences. The curator will also contribute to new acquisitions, participate in collections-based teaching on campus, respond to collections inquiries, and work with conservators and registrars to address conservation and mount-making needs. 

An advanced degree in art history or a related field is preferred, with strong knowledge of historic material and a minimum of 3 years' meaningful experience developing and implementing exhibitions and collections installations. Fluency in the ethical and legal complexities surrounding the history of the collection, display, and interpretation of African art is critical. Excellent communication and writing skills, including experience preparing didactic materials, are expected, together with a high degree of organization, self-motivation, and attention to detail. The salary range for an assistant curator is $70,000-$90,000. 

To learn more, please visit http://artmuseum.princeton.edu. Interested candidates should apply at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/25161

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Contact Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until filled. 

Please direct all inquiries and nominations, including letters of interest and resumes, to, in confidence: Chris Newth Cnewth@princeton.edu Associate Director for Collections and Exhibitions, Princeton University Art Museum

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture, the Book!

Details: Hard Cover, 360 pages, 319 images
Publisher: Damiani
Date: spring 2022




 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

New Book on El Anatsui by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu




Details: 
Publisher: Damiani, spring 2022
Pages: 360
Illustrations: 319 color
Binding: Hard Cover
Price: $70.00

 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Studies @ Princeton

 Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Program in African Studies (PAS) at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) at Princeton University invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior research positions for the 2022-2023 academic year.  Up to two postdoctoral appointments will be made to exceptional recent PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science or engineering, with a focus on African thought, art, media, population, activism, conservation, economics, urban and rural communities, post-colonialism, and other research related to the African continent and its diaspora.  Appointments will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year based on performance and availability of funding.  Applicants must have already demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching.  This position is open only to scholars who earned a PhD after September 30, 2016 and who do not currently hold a tenure-track or permanent academic position.

Responsibilities include teaching (one semester-long course each year) and actively participating in research, discussions, and scholarly collaborations within PAS and PIIRS.  In addition, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to advise students in their area of expertise or related areas.  When teaching, the successful candidate will carry a secondary teaching rank.  Any teaching role is contingent on sufficient course enrollment and prior approval from the Dean of the Faculty. 

Appointments will be made through the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).  In addition to salary and benefits, the program will provide a research fund in the amount of $3,000 per year and office space.  The start date of the position is anticipated to be for the fall 2022 or spring 2023 semester. 

Applicants must apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/24221. The following application items are required and should be uploaded by the applicant: 

* Cover letter

* Curriculum vitae

* Dissertation abstract

* Writing sample: one chapter of the dissertation or one published article related to the dissertation topic

* Research proposal

* Two course syllabi

* Details of prior courses taught and evaluation results if available

* Names and email addresses for three references


For fullest consideration applicants should apply by March 1, 2022. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only final candidates will be contacted. Further information about The Program in African Studies can be found at: http://piirs.princeton.edu/afs.

Questions about the application process for this position may be directed to Tim Waldron at twaldron@princeton.edu. 

The position is subject to the University's background check policy.