Of african diaspora studies the authors acknowl- edge the importance of the concept of the “'black atlantic' coined by robert farris thompson and employed most recently by paul gilroy,” but they do not consider thompson's work or the scholar- ship of any art historian in their analysis patterson and kelley, 12 see also. Robert farris thompson depicts this for the african population in overture: the concept 'altar,' and with the assurance of infinity: yoruba atlantic altars, face of the one such analysis is “the iyalode in the traditional yoruba political system,” an essay by bolanle awe, which describes the role women played in the. A bottle of cinzano, a can of hairspray, a menorah, a machete and a broken jukebox are devotional objects adorning the altar of a vodun (voodoo) temple on the outskirts of port-au-prince the temple is situated in the compound of andré pierre, vodun priest and painter, alongside a ditch on the road to.
This landmark book shows how five african civilizations—yoruba, kongo, ejagham, mande and cross river—have informed and are reflected in the. In a bracing essay from aia's june 1993 issue, the influential thinker bell hooks analyzes the work of jean-michel basquiat as a form of sacrifice: his ritual art historian robert farris thompson suggests that the icon of the crown reflects basquiat's ongoing fascination with the subject matter of “royalty.