Founded 2010

This Blog is a companion component of CAT113 ~ AFRICAN AMERICAN TRADITIONS,
Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An Introduction To: MIXED MEDIA ART

Angel of All Things Discarded, 
Assemblage, found objects and acrylic,
Kathryn Kendrick

Video screening in next week's class:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

SIGNS & SYMBOLS: Part II ~ African Images in African American Quilts

Special thanks to our guest speaker: 
Glendora Simonson 
of the Nubian Heritage Quilter's Guild
Exerts from 
SIGNS & SYMBOLS: African Images in African American Quilts 
by Maude Southwell Wahlman

This week we are looking at a study of symbols that impact African American traditions. The  above publication is the result of years of research study and travel to rural communities in the South, by author Maude Southwell Wahlman, who begin to analysis the relationship between African symbols and its American counter part in African American quilts... 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SIGNS & SYMBOLS: Part I Adinkra West African Symbols

Our study of signs and symbols that have impacted African American traditions began with a survey of the stereotypical images in the DVD: "Ethnic Notions." How generations of African Americans were portrayed as the Mammy, Uncle, Coon, Pickaninny, or Sambo. Restrictive models and myths that characterized the African as fun loving, indifferent dancing darkies without dreams, born to serve the white populations of western society. Physically exaggerated caricatures who were either docile or savage depending on the political and social agenda of the time. Symbolism with such far reaching impact, that remnants of those stereotypes still remain to this present day...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS! ~ Spring 2014...


This blog will be the place I post most of the information important to this course. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with its content, and sign up to be a follower, so I know that you have been here. CLICK the link below to read the rest of the article that shows you how to join the Blog.

FIRST READING ASSIGNMENTS: 1 and 2 ~ Spring 2014

THESE READINGS ARE NOT FOUND IN YOUR COURSE TEXT. The Following articles are meant to provide a foundation for all that we will study this semester. PLEASE READ THESE TWO ASSIGNMENTS BEFORE BEGINNING READINGS AND IN CLASS WORK:
(click words below to link to article.)

Rooted in Africa, Raised in America: