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African Ceramics Across the Continent

Pages from Allison Martino's Form and Surface

Pages from Allison Martino's Form and Surface (Jay Upshaw)

There’s a new book out about one of the most significant collections of African ceramics in the U.S. Form and Surface, released in 2023, comes from Allison Martino, the Laura and Raymond Wielgus Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous Art of the Americas at Eskenazi Museum of Art. The artifacts in the collection were collected by William M. Itter, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Indiana University. Form and Surface dives into issues of cross-cultural exchange, cultural diversity, embodiment, temporality, and spirituality. In our interview, Martino and I discuss immoral archaeological practices, her favorite female ceramicists, and more.

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