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When looking at an African sculpture, we admire it for its form and aesthetic quality while noting in passing its origins and the few words of description that accompany it. As satisfying as this experience can be, it is only a partial understanding of the work in that the object may be simply the visual projection of a larger complex of verbal narratives incorporating oratory and symbolic gestures and the quoting of traditional proverbs.
Drawing upon the arts of the Asante and his fieldwork in Ghana, Dr. Daniel Mato's talk will illustrate the importance of understanding the interconnections of the different art forms within traditional African societies to be able to fully know and understand the object and the context within which it lives.
Attempting to understand and document this complex relationship of word and image formed the subject of his research for more than 40 years and it continues to intrigue him to the present.
Mato's discussion will illustrate how this verbal/visual intersection shows itself through sculptured figures, symbolically stamped cloths, gestures, and the proverbs and sayings that shape them among the Asante people of Ghana.
Free for students, $5 FoNA members, $10 DAM members, $12 others.
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Dr. Daniel Mato is Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of Calgary, Canada. He completed his PhD in African Art History at Indiana University and has focused his research on symbolic display and the role of craft specialists in traditional African societies. Beginning in 1968, Dr. Mato has conducted field research in Africa which continues to the present. He has been a gallery director, and curator and continues as Associate Curator for African Art at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary and was named a Research Associate at the University of Ghana. He has curated exhibitions of African art and material culture in Germany, The Netherlands, the United States, and Canada. His most recent writings include Aspects: Akan Culture in Ghana, an accompanying catalog for which he was exhibition curator held at the Gemeente Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, and contributions to Ancestors of Congo Square, New Orleans Museum of Art and African Art, The Leslie Sachs Collection. He continues his research into the arts of Africa with a focus on Ghana.
Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society, a DAM support group.