Osogbo and the Art of Heritage

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Indiana University Press, 2011 - Art - 207 pages
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Why has the home of a Yoruba river goddess become a UNESCO World Heritage site and a global attraction? Every year, tens of thousands of people from around the world visit the sacred grove of Osun, Osogbo s guardian deity, to attend her festival. Peter Probst takes readers on a riveting journey to Osogbo. He explores the history of the Osogbo School, which helped introduce one style of African modern art to the West, and investigates its intimate connection with Osun, the role of art and religion in the changing world of Osogbo, and its prominence in the global arena.

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Contents

The Modernity of Heritage
1
Histories and Images of Osun Osogbo
13
Revitalizing Yoruba Art in the Spirit of Modernism
32
Hybridity and the Reauthentication of the Osun Grove
57
Travel Interaction and the Branding of Osogbo Art
77
Image and Attention in the Osun Osogbo Festival
102
History Photography and Styles of Imagination
119
From Art and Religion to Media and Mediation
137
A Final Note on Heritage as Presence
159
Notes
163
Bibliography
177
Index
193
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Peter Probst is Professor of Art and Art History at Tufts University.

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