For release: January 26, 2009
For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson (901) 678-4164
Visiting scholar John Nunley, a specialist in the art of Africa, will present the
Dorothy K. Hohenberg spring lecture in art history Thursday, February 19, at 7 p.m.
in the Fogelman Executive Center, Room 123. A reception will follow. Both events
are free and open to the public.
“Many Rivers to Cross” will consider the relationships of traditional and contemporary
African art to global trade and the African diaspora. The art of the Asante, Yoruba,
Grebo, Benin, and tribal peoples south of the Sahara will be considered, as well as
contemporary Caribbean artists such as Wayne Berkeley and Peter Minshall.
Nunley was awarded a 2008-09 Guggenheim Fellowship for African Art and the Experience
of Slavery. He recently retired as the Morton D. May Curator of the Arts of Africa,
Oceania, and the Americas at the St. Louis Art Museum.
His publications include Masks: Faces of Culture, Moving with the Face of the Devil: Art and Politics in Urban
West Africa, and Caribbean Festival Arts: Each and Every Bit of Difference.
Nunley is a candidate for the University of Memphis’ Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of
Excellence in Art History in the Department of Art for 2009-10.
For more information, call 901-678-2224.