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Raymond A. Silverman <email@example.com>
University of Michigan
Geographic focus: Ethiopia, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire
Visual cultures of the peoples living in these countries and the surrounding regions, especially as it pertains to the sharing of religious ideologies.
|Address:||Department of the History of Art
Tappan Hall 120B
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-West-Africa
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Research and Methodology
1983 Doctor of Philosophy (African Art History), University of Washington.
1977 Master of Arts (African Art History), University of Washington.
1975 Bachelor of Arts (Art History, summa cum laude), University of California, Los Angeles.
Arts of sub-Saharan Africa and the African Diaspora. Geographic foucs: Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia. The-matic foci: Islam and the visuals arts and architecture, metal technologies and art, indigenous religion and art.
PUBLICATIONS (Partial List)
in press "Ethiopian Traditions of Creativity: 'Art' or 'Handicraft'," with Neal Sobania, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the History of Ethiopian Art.
in press "Contemporary Pottery Production in Wolayta (Ethiopia)." In Iowa Studies in African Art, vol. 4, ed. Christopher D. Roy, Iowa City, IA: School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa. (in press)
in press "Mining a Motherload: The Early European Travel Literature As a Source of Information for Reconstructing the History of Precious Metal Working in Highland Ethiopia," with Neal Sobania. In Festschrift for Richard Pankhurst, ed. R. Grierson. (in press)
in press "Ethiopian Traditions of Creativity: 'Art' or 'Handicraft'," with Neal Sobania. In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the History of Ethiopian Art, ed. R. Pankhurst. (in press)
1999 Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
1996 "Seeking A History for a Masquerade: Do Performances of the Bondoukou Region." In Bedu Is My Lover: Five Stories About Bondoukou and Masquerading, ed. K. Arnaut and E. Dell, pp. 15-21. Brighton: The Green Centre for Non-Western Art at the Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery and Museums, 1996.
1994 "Two Generations of Traditional Painters: A Biographical Sketch of Qangeta Jembere Hailu and Marqos Jembere," with Girma Fisseha. In New Trends in Ethiopian Studies. Papers of the 12th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, ed. H.G. Marcus, pp. 369-79. Lawrence, NJ: The Red Sea Press.
1994 Artist Profiles for "Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity." East Lansing: Michigan State University Museum.
1992 "History and Art in Ethiopia," with Neal W. Sobania. In Art of Everyday Life in Ethiopia and Northern Kenya from the Collection of Neal W. Sobania, pp. 12-30. Holland, MI: De Pree Art Centr & Gallery, Hope College.
1990 "'All That's Gold Does Not Glitter': A Review of the Barbier-Mueller Museum's Gold of Africa," African Arts, 23 (2) 1990: 71-80, 103-04.
1990 "Arabic Writing and the Occult," In Brocade of the Pen: The Art of Islamic Calligraphy, ed. C.G. Fisher, pp. 19-30. East Lansing, MI.
1989 "Gold and Power: Art and Politics of the Asante." In Art as Technology: The Arts of Africa, Oceania, Native America, and Southern California, ed. A. Rubin and Z. Pearlstone, pp. 133-38. Beverly Hills, CA.
1989 "Islam among the Akan: A Bibliographic Essay," with David Owusu-Ansah, History in Africa 16: 325-39.
1987 "Painted Incantations: The Closeness of Allah and Kings in 19th Century Asante," with René Bravmann. In The Golden Stool: Studies of the Asante Center and Periphery, ed. E. Shildkrout, pp. 93-108. New York.
1983 "Kuduo: Form and Function." In Akan Transformations: Problems in Ghana-ian Art History, eds. D.H. Ross and T.F. Garrard, pp. 10-29. Los Angeles, CA.
EXHIBITIONS (Partial List)
1998 "African Connections: Perspectives on the Collection Culture," Michigan State University Museum.
1994 "Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity," Michigan State University Museum.
1989 "Expressions of Africa: Selections from the Museums of Michigan State University," Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University.
1987 "The River Shall Never Be At Rest: Transitions in Yoruba Art," Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz.
1985 "Arts of the Akan," Seattle Art Museum.
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS (Partial List)
1996- Editor and moderator, H-AfrArts discussion list and WWW page. (H-AfrArts is the official site on the Internet for the Arts Council of the African Studies Association)
"Ethopia: Traditions of Creativity." Video. Set of 10 artist vignettes to accompany exhibition dealing with the contemporary art of Ethiopia. Michigan State University, 1994.
"Atano: River Deities of the Akan." African Encounters Video Series. University of Washington, 1986.
"Bono Brasscasting." African Encounters Video Series. University of Washington, 1985.
"The Akan of Ghana." African Encoun-ters Video Series. University of Washington, 1985.
FIELD WORK IN AFRICA
1996-98 Several trips to Aksum, Ethiopia, to study the metalworking traditions of northern Ethiopia.
1991-93 Several trips to Ethiopia to conduct research for the exhibition, Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity.
1987-88 Research in the Bonduku region of Côte d'Ivoire on the influence of Arabic script on the aesthetic traditions of the Dyula and Akan.
1979-80 Research in the Bono region of central Ghana on the impact that Islam has had on Akan aesthetic tradition; the visual arts associated with Tano worship.
MISCELLANEOUS PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Book Review Editor, African Arts, Summer 1994 to present.
Consulting Editor, African Arts, Summer 1994 to present.
Associate Editor, Northeast African Studies, Fall 1994 to present.
Board of Directors, Arts Council of the African Studies Association, Spring 1992 to Spring 1995.
President, Akan Studies Council (renamed Ghana Studies Council), Fall 1988 to Fall 1992.
Editor, Akan Studies Council Newsletter, 1989 to 1993.
Editor for African art, Tribal Arts Review. January 1984 to May 1986.
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS (Partial List)
1996 Short-Term Visitor Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution.
1994 Implementation Grant for "Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity," National Endowment for the Arts.
1991-93 Exhibition Planning and Implementation Grants for, Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity, National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts.
1990-91 International Partnership Among Museums [Ethiopia].
1987-88 Fulbright Fellowship, Islamic Civilization Research Program.
1987-88 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council.
1979-81 Social Science Research Council Fellowship for International Doc-toral Dissertation Research.
1979-80 Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
African Studies Association (ASA)
Arts Council of the African Studies Association (Former Member of the Board of Directors)
College Art Association
Ghana Studies Council (Founding President, Fall 1988 to Fall 1993)
Mande Studies Association
North American Historians of Islamic Art
Northeast African Studies Committee, Michigan State University