The James S. Coleman African Studies Center is dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, ranging from cutting-edge research in the social, human and natural sciences to K-12 outreach and pedagogical reform.
We not only coordinate Africanist resources, but also generate critical dialogues and debates about Africa, showcase innovative films and exhibitions, and mobilize collective awareness of the pressing issues of our times, such as democratization, political violence, economic development and HIV/AIDS. We serve a dynamic international community of scholars, educators and activists pursuing a shared commitment to Africanist research within and beyond the continent itself.
Date Posted: 10/13/2008
In this interview Susan Vogel, documentary filmmaker and Professor of Art History at Columbia University, discusses the reasons for the popularity of antiquated and contemporary African art in the United States. Vogel says it is America's racial composition more than racial politics that explains the growth in its popularity. Vogel also discusses how collections and exhibitions in America are funded.