A Continent without Borders: Africa's Influence on African American Artists

by Nnamdi Elleh



Resource Library editor's note:

This essay essay was rekeyed and reprinted on February 3, 2005 in Resource Library with permission of the author. The essay was excerpted from the 2004 illustrated catalogue for the exhibition Embracing the Muse: Africa and African American Art, held at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery January 15 - March 6, 2004. Images accompanying the text in the exhibition catalogue were not reproduced with this reprinting. If you have questions or comments regarding the essay, please contact the author through this address:

Nnamdi Elleh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Architecture,
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP),
P. O. Box 210016
University of Cincinnati, Ohio

Resource Library wishes to extend appreciation to Michael Rosenfeld Gallery for help in contacting the author concerning permission for reprinting the above text

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About the Author

Nnamdi Elleh, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of architecture history and theory at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the recipient of numerous awards of distinction, including the Samuel Kress and the Graham Architectural Foundation grants, and the 2000-2002 Samuel Ittleson Fellowhip at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He is the author of Abuja: The Single Most Ambitious Urban Design Project of the 20th Century and Architecture and Power in Africa, and his book African Architecture: Evolution and Transformation is the first comprehensive text on African architecture from antiquity to the present. Recently, he contributed the essay "Bearden's Dialogue with Africa and the Avant-Garde" to the National Gallery of Art's exhibition catalogue The Art of Romare Bearden.


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