The Advisory Board is formed by academics and experienced professionals in the field of arts.
Rowland Abiodun is John C. Newton Professor of the History of Art and Black Studies, Amherst College (USA). He is the author of Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art (2014), What Follows Six Is More than Seven: Understanding African Art (1995); co-author of Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought (1989), Yoruba Art and Aesthetics (1991), and Cloth Only Wears to Shreds: Yoruba Textiles and Photographs from the Beier Collection (2004); and co-editor of Ifá Divination, Knowledge, Power, and Performance (2016) and The Yoruba Artist: New Theoretical Perspectives on African Arts (1994). Abiodun is Advisory Board member, the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and was a consultant for, and participant in, the Smithsonian World Film, Kindred Spirits: Contemporary Nigerian Art. A former member and chair of the Herskovits Book Award Committee of the African Studies Association, Abiodun has also served on the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association and as the President of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. He chaired the Executive Board of the Five College African Scholars Program, Amherst, Massachusetts, and has been interviewed by the BBC World Service on the Art of Africa. In 2011, he received the Leadership Award of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association in recognition of his excellence, innovative contributions, and vision in the fields of African and Diasporic Arts.
His focus during the project African Art History and the Formation of a Modern Aesthetic will be on Contemporary Art in Nigeria as represented in the archives of Ulli and Georgina Beier, and in particular the concept and meaning of Modernism within the context of African art.
Elsbeth Court, SOAS (UK).
Salah Hassan, Goldwin Smith Professor of African and African Diaspora Art History and Visual Culture in the Africana Studies and Research Center, and in the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University (USA).
Sigrid Horsch-Albert, MA, Collection Curator of Iwalewahaus and Deputy Director of DEVA (Germany).
Prof. em. Dr. Sidney Kasfir, Art History Department, Emory University (USA).
Atta Kwami, Artist and independent Art Historian and Curator, Kumasi (UK / Ghana).
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Associate Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American studies, Princeton University (USA).
Dr. Ulf Vierke, Director of Iwalewahaus (Germany).