Art and Diplomacy in Ancient Ife

“Art and Diplomacy in Ancient Ife”
Suzanne Preston Blier, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30pm
Foad Satterfield’s art studio – 4333 Holden St., Studio #57, Emeryville
MH1-Munich Passum Figure

Those of you attending the FEA event will thrill to both a ground-breaking, intellectually challenging speaker/researcher/author and to an aesthetically stimulating and artful environment.

Our venue will be at the painting studio of artist, art professor, curator and collector Foad Satterfield. We will not only be able to observe Foad’s workspace and paintings, but will be allowed to study his collection of African art as well, especially Yoruba sculptures that relate to our lecturer’s discussion and slide show.

Suzanne Preston Blier is a highly esteemed historian of African art and architecture and Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor at Harvard University. Stealing from her biography, “After falling in love with Africa during a tour in the Peace Corps, she went on to earn her Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.” Her books have won many notable awards, as has she, including Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Getty fellowships. Her most recent book, Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba: Ife History, Power and Identity, c.1300, received the 2015 Prose Prize in Art History and Criticism. In this important book she ‘challenges and stretches academic debate’ about the ancient Nigerian city-state that is absolutely central to the cultural history and art of Africa and her most numerous people, the 40 million Yoruba. Ife, circa AD 1300, created an extremely refined and naturalistic sculptural tradition that is one of the greatest in the world’s art history.

This event will begin with a reception that will give us a chance to meet the speaker and our host. (Allow extra time for traffic delays!) Wine and cheese will be served and you may wander the studio to look at the African artworks and our host’s paintings. Promptly at 7pm the lecture and PowerPoint presentation will start, with final Q&A ending at 8pm. More reception time will follow.

Foad Satterfield’s art studio is in the center of the Bay Area, easily accessed from freeways #80, #580, #24, and the Bay Bridge. It is just a few miles northeast of where the Bay Bridge comes to earth in Oakland/Emeryville.
Parking is open, free, and safe, in a non-residential industrial/warehouse/studio/loft neighborhood.
Address: 4333 Holden St., Studio #57, Emeryville 94608, near 45th St and Hollis St.
Directions: From Highways #80 and #580 in Emeryville, near Ikea, take the “Powell St.” exit.
Go East on Powell St., up and over the RR tracks.
At a light, turn right/south on Hollis St.
Take a right onto 45th St.
Take the first left onto Holden St.
The door to Studio #57 at 4333 Holden St. is near the sidewalk on your right, just 100 yards down the first block of Holden St.