A new installation by the British artist Yinka Shonibare celebrates the cultural contributions of immigrants through a medium we can never get enough of: brightly-colored books. Installed in the library of the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery near England’s southern coast, Shonibare’s show, titled “The British Library”, comprises 10,000 hardcover books which have been covered in colorful African Dutch batik fabric.
The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr: The "perilously beautiful" ( Boston Globe ) first story collection by the author of the acclaimed, instant New York Times bestseller All The Light We Cannot See. The exquisitely crafted stories in Anthony Doerr’s debut collection take readers from the African Coast to the pine...
Young African boy with large hat, Ghana, n.d. Missionary Postcards Yale University Divinity School Library New Haven, CT, 2006 Postcard shows a smiling boy in a hat with a wide brim. The front is marked "No. 35." The back is labeled "Copyright of Methodist Book Depots, Cape Coast, Gold Coast." Digitized from a postcard in Record Group No. 101, Special Collections, Yale University Divinity School Library. Missions--Ghana. Methodist Missionary Society.
Afro modernism: Africa's avant-garde architecture boom. The 1960s and 70s were an explosive period for experimental architecture in Africa – from vast Toblerone-shaped exhibition centres to giant lily-bud auditoriums. Swiss architect Manuel Herz has tracked down 80 of these lost monuments of African independence for a new book
Our 10 Favorite Books of 2016 || Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. In one of the most audacious literary debuts in recent memory, a first-time novelist—Ghana born, Alabama raised—constructs a wide-ranging narrative tackling nothing less than the legacy of the African slave trade through seven generations of one family, from 18th-century Gold Coast Africa to present-day California. An epic work by a rising star.
This history of over 5,000 years of African art reveals its true diversity. Challenging centuries of misconceptions about the nature of African art, Garlake focuses on seven key regions--southern Africa, Nubia, Aksum, the Niger River, West Africa, Great Zimbabwe, and the East African coast--treating each in detail and setting them in their social and historical context. Garlake is long familiar with and has extensive practical experience of both the archaeology and the art history of Africa.