Osogbo and the Art of Heritage

Osogbo and the Art of Heritage

Monuments, Deities, and Money
Peter Probst
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/15/2011
Format: Paperback 13 color illus., 27 b&w illus., 2 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-22295-4
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Winner, 2012 Nigerian Studies Association Book Award

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.

Author Bio

Peter Probst is Professor of Art and Art History at Tufts University.


“Illustrates global issues with a very detailed and perceptive analysis.”
 — Henry John Drewal, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“A layered, rich exploration of the many and varied changes that have taken place in this significant Nigerian town.”
 — Robin Poynor, University of Florida

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Modernity of Heritage
1 – Heritage as Source: Histories and Images of Osun Osogbo
2 – Heritage as Novelty: Revitalizing Yoruba Art in the Spirit of Modernism
3 – Heritage as Project: Hybridity and the Reauthentication of the Osun Grove
4 – Heritage as Style: Travel, Interaction, and the Branding of Osogbo Art
5 – Heritage as Spectacle: Image and Attention in the Osun Osogbo Festival
6 – Heritage as Remembrance: History, Photography and Styles of Imagination
7 – Heritage as Control: From Art and Religion to Media and Mediation
Coda: A Final Note on Heritage as Presence

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