African architecture, from houses to monumental mosques, reflects cultural interaction and identities. From 1550 to 1850 twelve million Africans were forcibly transported from their homes to the Americas. They brought
them cultural knowledge and technological expertise. That knowledge transformed the landscape, from Brazil to New Orleans to Virginia. Historians are only now beginning to understand that the Atlantic basin can best be
as a cultural unit. From Senegal to Brazil, African architecture created a new, hybrid style. This course studies the buildings of the Atlantic basin. From the great mosques of medieval West Africa to the plantation
of Brazil, African builders introduced concepts and forms that included the verandah, the enclosed porch or gallery, and probably, too, the shotgun house.
This course looks first at African art and architecture, then at the spread of African technology to the New World. We will have a field trip, to New York. There are no prerequisites for the course, which is cross-listed as both art History and African-American Studies.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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