Senufo Unbound
  • Imprint: 5 Continents Editions
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2015
  • Price: $75.00
  • Trim Size: 9 12 x 11
  • ISBN: 88-7439-666-X
  • EAN: 9788874396665
  • Page Count: 272
  • Illustrations: 250 color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: US & Canada

New York’s now-defunct Museum of Primitive Art opened its landmark exhibition Senufo: Sculpture from West Africa in February 1963. Under the directorship of art historian Robert Goldwater, the museum displayed together for the first time a stunning array of arts attributed to Senufo artists: face masks, helmet masks, and figurative sculptures, all from a region spanning the borders of present-day Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Mali. Now, more than 50 years later, this new book draws on archival, museum, and field-based data, including previously unpublished letters, photographs, and objects, to look back at that tour-de-force exhibition, and offers a fresh, expanded view of a dynamic region’s arts and identities.

About the author

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi is assistant professor of art history at Emory University in Atlanta. She earned her PhD in art history from UCLA, and her current research is based on nearly two years of fieldwork in Senufo- and Mande-speaking communities of western Burkina Faso.