1. Many of the gender issues introduced by Chadwick come into play in Aronson’s discussion of African women’s art, such as their works being relegated to the category of craft, etc. What are some of the parallels that you noticed in these two readings? What are the differences?
2. What is the “cocktail” of disciplines that comprise African art history and is it different from one’s approach to western art history?
3. What did women bring to the table in Senufo art? What were Glaze’s contributions to the field? How did Adams flesh out the role of women in the public (i.e., men’s masquerade) and in women’s own form of masquerade?
4. How was biology used in the division of labor between men and women in the various crafts?
5. Were you particularly struck by any examples of the hierarchy of the arts discussed in this article? What is the correlation between social status, the household economy, and the domestic arts?
6. What role does gender play in the production and use of masks? Scarification?
7. What are the ramifications of the pottery making traditions of the Kamba females of Kenya? Can you think of any comparable traditions?
8. Aronson states that “…economics is essential for explaining some aesthetic rules, organizational patterns, and the important question of sexual division of labor in the arts.” What are some examples of this? What are some of the art historical questions that remain on the African horizon?