Robert Farris Thompson on Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, "Scripts of the Spirit: African Ideograms in World Art History"

Robert Lehman Lecture Series at Dia:Chelsea

June 22, 1995    add to my calendar

As part of the Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art Robert Farris Thompson will lecture on the work of FrédéricBruly Bouabré at Dia Center for the Arts, 548 West 22ndStreet, New York City, on Thursday, June 22, 1995. The lecture, entitled"Scripts of the Spirit: African Ideograms in World Art History,"will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

This lecture is organized in conjunction with the exhibition" Worlds Envisioned: Alighiero e Boetti and Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,"at Dia's main exhibition facility, 548 West 22nd Street, on viewthrough June 25, 1995. Selected in consultation with the artists,the show highlights the two artists' affinities: both may be describedas cosmographers, individuals with an encyclopedic curiosity aboutthe world, and a fascination with the systems, codes and schemataby which such knowledge is recorded, archived, coded, and classified.Professor Thompson will focus on the work of the Ivorian artistFrédéric Bruly Bouabré.

Professor Thompson is Master of Timothy Dwight College at YaleUniversity and Professor of African and Afro-American art historyat the same institution. His most recent book, Face of theGods: Art and Altars of Africa and the African Americas, (1993),is a comparative study of Afro-Atlantic altars. Tracing iconsand philosophies in altar making from major African civilizationsto the Americas, the book restores many works of art, long consideredin isolation from each other, to their original constellatingpower. Other publications include Black Gods and Kings (1971), African Art and Motion (1974), The Four Momentsof the Sun: Kongo Art in Two Worlds (1981), Flash of theSpirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy (1983).His articles have been anthologized in more than fourteen booksand he has designed and organized five major exhibitions of Africanand Afro-American art.

Funding for the lecture series has been provided by a generousgrant from the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. Funding for "WorldsEnvisioned: Alighiero e Boetti and Frédéric BrulyBouabré" was received from the Lannan Foundation andthe National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, Washington,D.C. Additional funding was provided by the members of the DiaArt Council, the major annual support group of Dia Center forthe Arts, and the Dia Art Circle. 
 

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As part of the Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art Robert Farris Thompson will lecture on the work of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré at Dia Center for the Arts, 548 West 22nd Street, New York City, on Thursday, June 22, 1995. The lecture, entitled "Scripts of the Spirit: African Ideograms in World Art History," will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

 
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