Monica Blackmun Visonà
I teach a broad range of courses that link art produced in Africa to creative production and visual culture elsewhere in the world. These include « African Art and its Global Impact », « Ten Artists in Ten Cultures », « 5000 years of Egyptian art ». « Arts of the Akan », « Sacred Arts of the Earth », and « Installation Art ». My seminars often explore topics in African Modernism and African Contemporary Art, and seminars on African Architecture are cross-listed with the College of Design.
As head of the division of Art History and Visual Studies, I welcome any questions and feedback from students concerning our program. I am also Director of the Certificate of Global Studies, which acknowledges the international experience of University of Kentucky students who have studied or worked abroad. http://www.uky.edu/UGE/Certificates/Global/
I recently contributed two essays to a catalogue for an exhibition that will travel from the Rietberg Museum in Zurich to Bonn, Amsterdam and Paris. http://www.scheidegger-spiess.ch/index.php?pd=ss&lang=de&page=books&book=546. They resulted from my ongoing research on artists and their histories in the Lagoon region of Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). During 2014 and 2015, I will be starting a new phase for this research, comparing contemporary artistic practices in Côte d’Ivoire and neighboring Ghana.
A volume I co-edited in 2013, « A Companion to Modern African Art » recently won a prize from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444338374.html ,while the monograph I published in 2010, « Constructing African Art Histories for the Lagoon Region of Côte d’Ivoire », has been reviewed in several international journals. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409404408
However, I am best known as the principal author of two editions of « A History of Art in Africa », an influential survey text. http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/History-of-Art-in-Africa-A/9780136128724.page.
For more information on my research interests, please see the link to my CV.