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The 2019 Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture

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The 2019 Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture will explore new research on self-taught art of Ghana, in conjunction with the musuem exhibition Paa Joe: Gates of No Return. Speakers include Kristin Otto on Fantasy Coffins, Silvia Forni on Asafo Flags, and Ernie Wolfe on Hand-painted Movie Posters. Coffee and pastries to start.

The Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture Series highlights new and important contributions to the field of folk and self-taught art. The annual series honors the late Anne Hill Blanchard, an inspiring and passionate leader in the field and a devoted supporter of the American Folk Art Museum.

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10:30 AM Registration / coffee & pastries

10:45 AM Welcome / Jason T. Busch, Director, American Folk Art Museum

11 AM Kristin Otto on Fantasy Coffins

11:30 PM Silvia Forni on Asafo Flags

12 PM Ernie Wolfe on Hand-painted Movie Posters


Speaker Bios

Dr. Silvia Forni is Senior Curator of African Arts and Cultures at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Her most recent exhibition project have been Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art (2018); Isaac Julien: Other Destinies (2017); Art. Honour and Ridicule: Asafo Flags From Southern Ghana (2016). Since 2013, together with Julie Crooks and Dominique Fontaine, she is responsible for the Of Africa project, a multiplatform project aimed to support a sustained and long-term promotion of the cultural and creative diversity of Africa and its diaspora through an engagement with the collections in the museum and in dialogue with contemporary artists and creators. She is the authors of numerous essays and book chapter. Among her recent publications is the volume Africa in the Market. 20th Century art from the Amrad African Art Collection. (2015) edited with Christopher B. Steiner, and Art, Honor, and Riducule: Fante Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana (2017), co-authored with Doran H. Ross.

Kristin Otto is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Indiana University – Bloomington focused on museum anthropology and material culture studies. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a research associate with the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. She curated the exhibition at the Mathers entitled “Shapes of the Ancestors: Bodies, Animals, Art, and Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins” based on research with the artists at Paa Joe Coffin Works in Ghana. Her dissertation research focuses on African objects and repair, and the intersections between the ways we care for objects and our constructions of authenticity and identity. Preliminary research for this project formed the basis for the mini-exhibition she curated for the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University entitled “Extending Lives: Repair and Damage in African Arts.” In her engagement with museum collections she enjoys linking practices of material culture and art in source communities with global processes of curation, collection, and interpretation.

Ernie Wolfe III is a collector, curator, and African art and culture expert. He has made nearly 50 trips to Africa since 1973, and is a graduate of Williams College, Massachusetts. Wolfe is a lifer in the world of African art and culture, establishing his gallery in West Los Angeles in 1981, where he has been critically recognized for his exhibitions juxtaposing African painting and sculpture and the work of acclaimed contemporary American artists. He has written four books on various African art phenomena, ranging from the traditional material culture of Kenya to contemporary topics, such as the two authoritative and seminal texts on hand-painted movie posters from Ghana. He was a collaborator on the recent exhibition Ghana Paints Hollywood organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art.


Image Credit: Kweku Kakanu (1910-1982), Saltpond Workshop; Asafo flag with whale and ship; c. 1925-1950; Cotton, applique, embroidery; 109 × 200 cm; ROM 2012.65.4. Photo by Brian Boyle. Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Educational programs are sponsored in part by the Anne-Imelda Radice Education Fund, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Con Edison, the Ford Foundation, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Department of Youth and Community Services, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and City Council Member Helen Rosenthal.

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