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This course considers art in Africa, from that of ancient societies to that made by creative youth in contemporary urban centers. Perspectives on the production of traditional arts, with reference to their indigenous cultural function and aesthetics, will lead to concern for the effects of colonialism and HIV/AIDS on art in the modern era. Subject, form, purpose, ethnic/language group, regional style, country, gender and sexualities will be comparatively considered in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, textiles, and film.