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History of Western Approaches to Africa art:
-Often over-simplified
-Seen as less than Western art and is evaluated by different standards
-Western artists borrowed from African artists, modernism is a good example of this, and it was acceptable. But, when Western artists are inspired by African artists they are usually seen as doing Africa art, giving the Westerner control over the African art.
1. Specific case studies:
a. Exhibit of Contemporary African art photographs:
Seeing Art Through African Eyes, May 26, 1996. The New York Times
Discussion questions from this exhibit:
-There is a lot of talk about the difference between how Africans and tourists see the continent, how could this be seen in photographs by Africans for an African audience?

b. "African Comics; Far Beyond the Funny Pages" November 24, 2006. The New York Times
Discussion questions from this exhibit:
-Students could be separated into groups, and each group could analyze a comic and explain it to the group.

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