Professor Christopher Steiner, PhD (Connecticut College)
Rereading the Missionary Archive: Dr. George W. Harley In and Out of the African Art Market
It has been almost 30 years since the publication of my book African Art in Transit, and the release of its accompanying documentary film In and Out of Africa. In this presentation, I will reflect on some of the key points raised in the book and film; situate my research in Côte d'Ivoire during the late 1980s within the broader context of subsequent scholarship on art markets and trade; and discuss how my research in the 1980s influenced some of the more recent archival research I have been engaged in regarding American medical missionary Dr. George W. Harley, and his involvement in the African art market in Liberia during the 1950s and 1960s.
Wednesday, December 6th, 2023
6:30 pm, EST (New York)
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