View the H-AfrArts Discussion Logs by month
View the Prior Message in H-AfrArts's July 2012 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
View the Next Message in H-AfrArts's July 2012 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
Visit the H-AfrArts home page.
The SAIC community is deeply saddened by the death of Marilyn Houlberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Marilyn, an artist and leading expert on the arts and culture of Haiti and West Africa, began teaching at SAIC in 1974. A prolific writer on Haitian Vodou and its relationship to art, Marilyn contributed essays to New ... Observations, African Arts, and Aperture magazines, and her publications include Fragment of the Bones and Vodou: Visions and Voices of Haiti. She co-curated groundbreaking exhibitions on Haitian and African art, including the traveling exhibitions Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou and Haiti: Vodou Visionaries. Marilyn fused her trailblazing scholarship with her life. She was initiated in Vodou, and during the Nigerian Civil War she traveled to Nigeria to help protect the country's art treasures from acts of war. Over the course of Marilyn's numerous travels to Haiti and Africa, she amassed more than 10,000 slides to create an archive of art documentation that is currently being catalogued for the Elisofon Library, National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution. An exceptional art historian, Marilyn unveiled the complexity, power, and wonder of art and culture of Africa and the African diaspora. She introduced students to these worlds and to the visual pleasures of popular culture, including the practice of tattoo and a constructed Elvis Presley hagiography. She was an extraordinarily beloved teacher. Marilyn cast a spell over all of us. With her keen eye (including the one she wore as a ring!), her generous spirit that filled every space she entered, and a humanist mind that placed cultures and myths into fantastic interweaving narratives, Marilyn proved a major intellectual force at SAIC for decades. With great fondness, we remember Marilyn Houlberg. Lisa Wainwright School of the Art Institute of Chicago H-AfrArts H-Net Network for African Expressive Culture E -Mail: H-AFRARTS@H-NET.MSU.EDU http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~artsweb/