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The Passive Object and the Tribal Paradigm: Colonial Museography in French West Africa

Author:
Arnoldi, Mary Jo  Search this
Hardin, Kris  Search this
Geary, Christraud  Search this
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1996
Topic:
Art, African  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_119296

Curatorial Records, 1964-2006

Creator:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Puccinelli, Lydia  Search this
Nicolls, Andrea  Search this
Ravenhill, Philip L  Search this
Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
8.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Newsletters
Floor plans
Sketches
Ephemera
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Floppy disks
Black-and-white photographs
Drawings
Date:
1964
1964-2006
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Museums--Curatorship  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01455
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Curatorial Records 1964-2006 [National Museum of African Art (U.S.)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_287092

Curatorial Records, 1983-1992

Creator:
National Museum of African Art (U.S.) Associate Director for Collections and Research  Search this
Subject:
Walker, Roslyn A  Search this
Ravenhill, Philip L  Search this
Nicolls, Andrea  Search this
Freyer, Bryna 1949-  Search this
Sieber, Roy 1923-2001  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Brochures
Date:
1983
1983-1992
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01071
See more items in:
Curatorial Records 1983-1992 [National Museum of African Art (U.S.) Associate Director for Collections and Research]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_228505

Female figure

Object Name:
blolo bla
Maker:
Baule artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, glass beads, gold alloy beads, plant fiber, white pigment, encrustation
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 48.9 x 12.1 x 14.3 cm (19 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 5 5/8 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
Early to mid-20th century
Topic:
Marriage  Search this
Shrine/Altar  Search this
Male use  Search this
male  Search this
female  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
85-15-2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys75566c1b5-8255-42f0-8ae0-91472890e1e2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_85-15-2

Male figure

Object Name:
blolo bian
Maker:
Baule artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, glass beads, plant fiber
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 33.2 x 7.5 x 9 cm (13 1/16 x 2 15/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
1930s
Topic:
Fertility  Search this
Shrine/Altar  Search this
Female use  Search this
pith helmet  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Philip L. Ravenhill and Judith Timyan
Object number:
93-1-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys732f55296-e1f1-4637-8f8d-b9c58def8d99
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_93-1-1

Male figure

Object Name:
blolo bian
Maker:
Baule artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, paint
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 25 x 6.8 x 6 cm (9 13/16 x 2 11/16 x 2 3/8 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
ca. 1950
Topic:
Marriage  Search this
Shrine/Altar  Search this
Female use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Philip L. Ravenhill and Judith Timyan
Object number:
93-1-2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
ongoing exhibition
On View:
NMAfA, Pavilion Gallery
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys704e0d67f-9e0f-4800-a07e-17085f1962d2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_93-1-2

Male figure

Object Name:
blolo bian
Maker:
Baule artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, paint
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 32.5 x 7.5 x 8.3 cm (12 13/16 x 2 15/16 x 3 1/4 in.)
Type:
Figure
Geography:
Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
ca. 1960
Topic:
Marriage  Search this
Shrine/Altar  Search this
Female use  Search this
male  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Philip L. Ravenhill and Judith Timyan
Object number:
93-1-3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys70e43e5f4-a795-4aa2-ac8d-904d0455895f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_93-1-3

Philip L. Ravenhill papers

Creator:
Timyan, Judith  Search this
Extent:
1.7 Linear feet (4 document boxes and 5 sound recordings plus 1 map folder )
Culture:
Wan (African People)  Search this
Baule (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Ivory Coast
Date:
1953-1979
bulk 1970-1973
Summary:
These papers of Philip L. Ravenhill primarily document the period during which he was a graduate student at the New School for Social Research and contain his field research on the Wan and neighboring groups in the Ivory Coast. There are also some some research files of Judith Timyan, whom Ravenhill was married to at the time.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Philip L. Ravenhill primarily document the period during which he was a graduate student at the New School for Social Research. The collection contains his field research on the Wan, including linguistic notes and notebooks with interlinear translations of Wan folktales and proverbs; archival and bibliographic research; field recordings; and a draft of his dissertation. The collection also contains his research on neighboring groups in the Ivory Coast, including the Baule, as well as some research files of Judith Timyan, whom Ravenhill was married to at the time. Additional materials includes correspondence, course papers and exams, grant applications, and maps.
Arrangement:
Folders are arranged in alphabetical order. The sound recordings are at the end.
Biographical Note:
Philip L. Ravenhill was the chief curator of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art, where he worked from 1987 until his death in 1997. He was born in 1945 in Bath, England. He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Nyack College (1968) and his Ph.D. in anthropology from the New School for Social Research (1976), where he studied under Thomas O. Beidelman. As a doctoral student, he conducted field research on the Wan in the central Ivory Coast. He had initially intended to study interethnic relations between the Wan and the Baule. Due to a flood that forced many of the Baule villages to relocate, Ravenhill focused his research on the social organization of the Wan. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, he was a senior research fellow at the International African Institute in London and project director of the West African Museums Project in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Source Consulted

Cotter, Holland. 1997. Philip L. Ravenhill, 52, Expert On the Art and Culture of Africa. The New York Times, October 16. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/10/16/arts/philip-l-ravenhill-52-expert-on-the-art-and-culture-of-africa.html (accessed April 5, 2012).
Related Collections:
Philip L. Ravenhill's curatorial records are at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives of the National Museum of African Art holds photographs from Ravenhill's research trip to Mali in 1989.
Provenance:
These papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by his former wife, Judith Timyan.
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Contact repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Linguistics  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Citation:
Philip L. Ravenhill papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2010-25
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2010-25
Online Media:

Philip L. Ravenhill photographs

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
2 Volumes (slides , color)
1 Boxe (dupe slides, color)
Container:
Volume 1
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Dogon (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Volumes
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Mali
Niger
Date:
1989
Summary:
Photographs taken during a research trip to Mali in 1989 to study the art and architecture of the Dogon and Bamana peoples. Accompanying Dr. Ravenhill was Stanley Staniski from Media Resources. Their work resulted in the video production entitled, Togu na and Cheko: Change and Continuity in the Art of Mali, for the National Museum of African Art.
Biographical/Historical note:
Philip L. Ravenhill, 1945-1997, anthropologist, chief curator of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1987-1997. Received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Nyack College in Nyack, N.Y., in 1968, and a master's degree in 1970 and a doctorate in 1976 in anthropology from the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, New York. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Dr. Ravenhill was a senior research fellow at the International African Institute (IAI) in London and project director of the West African Museums Project (WAMP) in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Dr. Ravenhill's publications include, Dreams and Reverie: Baule Images of Other-World Mates in the Twentieth Century, and The Art of the Personal Object.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-1989-006
Online Media:

Cheko performance - mother and children Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - mother and children, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060982
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1490

Cheko performance - mother and children Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - mother and children, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060983
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1491

Cheko performance - family Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - family, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060984
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1492

Cheko performance - family Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - family, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060985
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1493

Cheko performance - couple, mother and children Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - couple, mother and children, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060986
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1494

Cheko performance - couple, mother and children Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - couple, mother and children, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060987
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1495

Cheko performance - couple, mother and children Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - couple, mother and children, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060988
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1496

Cheko performance - couple, mother and children Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - couple, mother and children, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060989
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1497

Cheko performance - couple, mother and children Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - couple, mother and children, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060990
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1498

Cheko performance - couple, mother and children Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - couple, mother and children, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060991
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1499

Cheko performance - couple, mother and children Inland Delta region, Niger

Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Ravenhill, Philip L.  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Niger
Date:
1989
Scope and Contents:
Cheko performance - couple, mother and children, Inland Delta region, Niger. The date on the slide is June 1989.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Puppet theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1989-006, Item EEPA 1989-060992
See more items in:
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs
Philip L. Ravenhill photographs / Bamana, Niger
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1989-006-ref1500

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