Synopses & Reviews
"The Shattered Gourd uses the lens of visual art to examine connections between the United States and the Yoruba region of western Nigeria.Twentieth-century African American artists employing Yoruba images in their work have gone from protest art to the exploration and celebration of the self and the community. Nearly four dozen works illustrate a broad thematic treatment combined with a detailed approach to individual African and African American artists.
Drawing on the gourd in a Yoruba legend--which has come to symbolize in modern times the warfare and enslavement that have culminated in the black Diaspora--"The Shattered Gourd" uses the lens of visual art to examine connections between the United States and the Yoruba region of western Nigeria. 47 illus.