Ruth K. Franklin Symposium on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

The fourth Ruth K. Franklin Symposium on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 10 am until 5 pm in Annenberg Auditorium, Nathan Cummings Art Building. This year's symposium is titled Contemporary Art from Africa.

The Cantor Arts Center gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ruth K. Franklin Fund, endowed by an anonymous donor.

Symposium Schedule
9:30 – 10 am: Coffee service

10 am – 12:30 pm:

  • Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Introductions
    Barbara Thompson, Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, Cantor Arts Center
  • How Did We Get Here/Are We There Yet?
    Barbara Thompson, Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, Cantor Arts Center
  • Between the Modern and the Contemporary?
    Elizabeth Harney, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Graduate Department of Art, University of Toronto
  • Swimming Against the Current or Falling Off the Cliff? Ugandan Artists and their Fragile Connections to a Transcultured and Transitory Art World.
    Sidney Littlefield Kasfir, Professor of African Art History, Art History Department, Emory University

2 - 5 pm:

  • What is Africa? Simon Njami, Independent Curator
  • Short Notes: Intimacy, Pleasure, Play ... Contemporary African Art. Thembinkosi A. Goniwe, Artist and Ph.D. candidate, History of Art Department, Cornell University
  • Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Symposium Location
Held in Annenberg Auditorium, Nathan Cummings Art Building, Stanford University. Link to map, or download directions.

Parking and Transportation
: The Stanford University campus is conveniently located near the Palo Alto Caltrain Depot. Parking is free on campus on the weekends. For further information on public transportation options and parking maps, please see the Stanford University Parking and Transportation Web site.



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