African movie-poster art is topic of talk, exhibition

Published on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:02
Written by Angie DeRosa


NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Museum of American Art will host a professor of art history and anthropology from Connecticut College on Thursday to discuss the African art market.

Christopher Steiner will present “Understanding African Art: From Masterpiece to Souvenir” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the museum.

Guests will learn about the differences between “popular” and “high” art as well as how the African art market has responded to European and American trends.

Steiner will also explore the relationship between the country’s traditional and contemporary artwork. This will put the museum’s latest exhibition - “Ghana Paints Hollywood” - into social and economic context for the audience.

“Ghana Paints Hollywood” features over 50 hand-painted movie posters created by Ghanaian artists in the mid-1980s to the early 1990s - the “Golden Age” of the artistic genre

Hired by distributors to advertise movie screenings throughout Ghana’s countryside, “Ghana Paints Hollywood” reveals the unique artistic skills of their creators as well as the wide variety of Hollywood films that attracted Ghanaian moviegoers, including “Coming to America,” “The Matrix,” “Indiana Jones” and “Rocky.”

The exhibition, which opened on Nov. 9, will be on view until Feb. 19 in the museum’s Stitzer Family Gallery and Robert & Dorothy Vance Gallery.

Admission for Steiner’s lecture is $7 for members and $15 nonmembers. Admission is free for Circle-level members and up.

For more information, visit or call 860-229-0257.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:02. Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:04.