Available on JSTOR at: doi.org/10.2307/afar.1993.26.1.70

Abstract

On April 22-26, 1992, the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, and the Project for Advanced Study of Art and Life in Africa (PASALA) hosted the Ninth Triennial Symposium on African Art. This event, organized by ACASA (Arts Council of the African Studies Association), drew more than 500 registered participants from all over the world to Iowa City, including a significant number from Africa. Participants in the 20-odd panels and roundtables presented their research and debated the issues confronting the discipline. One of the special events of the symposium was the Triennial Awards Banquet, held on April 25. The Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award for the period 1989-91 was presented to Enid Schildkrout and Curtis A. Keim for African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire (University of Washington Press and The American Museum of Natural History, 1990). Honorable mentions were awarded to Herbert M. Cole for Icons: Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa (Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of African Art, 1991) and to Henry John Drewal, John Pemberton III, and Rowland Abiodun for Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought (The Center for African Art, 1989). At the banquet ACASA honored Simon Ottenberg, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, as recipient of its Leadership Award. We are pleased to offer here the text of Herbert Cole's presentation of the award and Dr. Ottenberg's speech on this occasion. A report on the symposium panels and roundtables follows.