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Victoria Rovine, ‘Absolute Authenticity: The Display of West African Artists and Textiles at France’s Colonial Expositions’

January 15, 2016 @ 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm


Associate professor Victoria Rovine specializes in African art with a Victoria Rovinefocus on African textiles and dress practices, and on Africa’s presence in Western visual culture, particularly in early twentieth century Europe. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from Indiana University. Rovine has conducted research in Mali since the early 1990’s, and has also worked in Senegal, South Africa, Ghana and elsewhere in Africa. Her most recent book, African Fashion, Global Style: Histories, Innovations and Ideas You Can Wear explores the innovations of African designers, the changing roles and meanings of historical dress styles in Africa and the influences of African style on European fashion design, past and present. The book aims to expand conventional definitions of fashion design and to bring Africa fully into the story of global fashion design. She has published widely on African fashion designers, contemporary African artists and the representation of Africa in Europe through visual culture.

This lecture is presented as part of the Art History Colloquium, a series intended to share new or in-progress work by departmental faculty and their colleagues at nearby institutions, furthering the conversation and facilitating collaboration. Refreshments will be provided.



January 15, 2016
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm