2019 Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture

Dr. Silvia Forni is senior curator of African Arts and Cultures at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Her most recent exhibition projects have been Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art (2018), Isaac Julien: Other Destinies (2017), and Art. Honour and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana (2016). Since 2013, together with Julie Crooks and Dominique Fontaine, she is responsible for the Of Africa project, a multi-platform project aimed to support a sustained and long-term promotion of the cultural and creative diversity of Africa and its diaspora through an engagement with the collections in the museum and in dialogue with contemporary artists and creators. She is the authors of numerous essays and book chapter. Among her recent publications is the volume Africa in the Market: 20th Century Art from the Amrad African Art Collection (2015), edited with Christopher B. Steiner, and Art, Honor, and Riducule: Fante Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana (2017), co-authored with Doran H. Ross.

Kristin Otto is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Indiana University–Bloomington, focusing on museum anthropology and material culture studies. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a research associate with the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. She curated the exhibition at the Mathers titled Shapes of the Ancestors: Bodies, Animals, Art, and Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins based on research with the artists at Paa Joe Coffin Works in Ghana. Her dissertation research focuses on African objects and repair, and the intersections between the ways that we care for objects and our constructions of authenticity and identity. Preliminary research for this project formed the basis for the mini-exhibition that she curated for the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University titled Extending Lives: Repair and Damage in African Arts. In her engagement with museum collections, she enjoys linking practices of material culture and art in source communities with global processes of curation, collection, and interpretation.

Ernie Wolfe III is a collector, curator, and African art and culture expert. He has made nearly fifty trips to Africa since 1973, and is a graduate of Williams College, Massachusetts. Wolfe is a lifer in the world of African art and culture, establishing his gallery in West Los Angeles in 1981, where he has been critically recognized for his exhibitions juxtaposing African painting and sculpture and the work of acclaimed contemporary American artists. He has written four books on various African art phenomena, ranging from the traditional material culture of Kenya to contemporary topics, such as the two authoritative and seminal texts on hand-painted movie posters from Ghana. He was a collaborator on the recent exhibition Ghana Paints Hollywood, organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art.











When: Sun., January 20, 2019 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square
212-595-9533
Price: General Public $12; Members, Students, Artists, and Seniors $10
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Dr. Silvia Forni is senior curator of African Arts and Cultures at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Her most recent exhibition projects have been Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art (2018), Isaac Julien: Other Destinies (2017), and Art. Honour and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana (2016). Since 2013, together with Julie Crooks and Dominique Fontaine, she is responsible for the Of Africa project, a multi-platform project aimed to support a sustained and long-term promotion of the cultural and creative diversity of Africa and its diaspora through an engagement with the collections in the museum and in dialogue with contemporary artists and creators. She is the authors of numerous essays and book chapter. Among her recent publications is the volume Africa in the Market: 20th Century Art from the Amrad African Art Collection (2015), edited with Christopher B. Steiner, and Art, Honor, and Riducule: Fante Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana (2017), co-authored with Doran H. Ross.

Kristin Otto is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Indiana University–Bloomington, focusing on museum anthropology and material culture studies. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a research associate with the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. She curated the exhibition at the Mathers titled Shapes of the Ancestors: Bodies, Animals, Art, and Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins based on research with the artists at Paa Joe Coffin Works in Ghana. Her dissertation research focuses on African objects and repair, and the intersections between the ways that we care for objects and our constructions of authenticity and identity. Preliminary research for this project formed the basis for the mini-exhibition that she curated for the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University titled Extending Lives: Repair and Damage in African Arts. In her engagement with museum collections, she enjoys linking practices of material culture and art in source communities with global processes of curation, collection, and interpretation.

Ernie Wolfe III is a collector, curator, and African art and culture expert. He has made nearly fifty trips to Africa since 1973, and is a graduate of Williams College, Massachusetts. Wolfe is a lifer in the world of African art and culture, establishing his gallery in West Los Angeles in 1981, where he has been critically recognized for his exhibitions juxtaposing African painting and sculpture and the work of acclaimed contemporary American artists. He has written four books on various African art phenomena, ranging from the traditional material culture of Kenya to contemporary topics, such as the two authoritative and seminal texts on hand-painted movie posters from Ghana. He was a collaborator on the recent exhibition Ghana Paints Hollywood, organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art.

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