Amanda M. Maples

Amanda M. Maples

PhD Candidate, Visual Studies
Abstract: 
African visual culture; Museum representations of Africa; Sierra Leone; African performative arts; Senegalese gold jewelry; African colonial postcards
Email: 
ammaples@ucsc.edu
Phone: 
Office: 919-306-9616
Research Interests: 

African visual culture; Urban masquerade; Transatlantic dialogue; Decolonizing museum spaces; Museum representations of Africa and the arts of Africa; Sierra Leone; African performative arts; Senegalese gold jewelry; African colonial postcards

Office: 
Kresge 242
Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 1-3 pm

Mailing Address: 

Kresge 242

Selected Publications: 

Sanse: Gold Jewelry and the Self-Fashioning of
Senegal
(working title), National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, DC (forthcoming, 2017)

“Inclusion/Exclusion:
Mobilizing Youth Masquerades from the Margins of Freetown,” University of Basel
(accepted for publication, forthcoming book 
or journal)

Ancestors, Cannon Publications, New
Hampshire (contributing author, 2016)

“Re-Inscribing
the Museum Text: Examining Fixity and Ambivalence in African Arts Labels,” NKA
Journal of Contemporary African Art (submitted 2016) 

Refined Eye, Passionate
Heart: African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection
, Leslie Sacks Fine Art,
Skira Publishing (editor and contributor, 2014)

Transformations: The
African Art of Change
,
Tennessee State Museum, (contributing editor, July 2012)

Accumulating Histories:
African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art
Gallery
,
Yale University Press, New Haven, CT  (co-author,
2012)

Selected Presentations: 

“Inclusion/Exclusion:
Mobilizing Youth Masquerades from the Margins of Freetown,” Re-Imagining the African City: The Arts and
Urban Politics
, University of Basel, March 11–12, 2016

“Re-Inscribing
the Museum Text: Examining Fixity and Ambivalence in African Arts Labels,”
University of Basel seminar, March 9, 2016 

EXHIBITIONS

Sanse: Gold Jewelry and the Self-Fashioning of
Senegal
(working title), National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian,
Washington, DC (Winter, 2015)

Head to Toe: The
Language of Plateau Indian Clothing,
High Desert Museum, Bend, OR (January 19 – May
18, 2013; additional venue: Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, November 2013)

Dancing
with D’mba: Icon of Beauty and Power in West Africa
, Yale University Art
Gallery, New Haven, CT (curatorial research and project manager, January 2013)

Portraits of India:  Markets, Merchants, and Artisans, P.A. Hearst Museum of
Anthropology, Berkeley, CA, Jan. 26 – Dec. 22 2006  (assistant curator; online version: http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/exhibitions/lerner/lerner_intro.html)

Modern Relics, Mama Buzz Café, part
of Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, CA, December 2006 (co-curator)

Teaching Interests: 

History of African art, dismantling binaries that separate contemporary from tradition-based African arts, urban arts, curatorial practice, history of photography in Africa, representations of non-Western art

Honors and Awards: 

UCSC Regents Fellowship, UCSC Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence, UCSC Visual Studies
Travel Grant, University of Kent Overseas Scholarship, Sunshine Lady Foundation
Academic Scholarship (4 yrs), NC Renaissance Scholar, Tandy Technology Scholar,
US Achievement Academy National Award, Who’s Who in American College Students
(2 yrs), Aid Association for Lutherans Academic Scholarship (4 yrs), National
Society of Collegiate Scholars 2001

Education and Training: 
M.A. Visual Anthropology, University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K. (with merit)
B.A. Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (with distinction)