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Afro-Cuban Religious ArtsPopular Expressions of Cultural Inheritance in Espiritismo and Santería$
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Kristine Juncker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049700

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049700.001.0001

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Conclusion: Afro-Atlantic Arts and W the Popular Sublime

Conclusion: Afro-Atlantic Arts and W the Popular Sublime

(p.117) Conclusion: Afro-Atlantic Arts and W the Popular Sublime
Afro-Cuban Religious Arts

Kristine Juncker

University Press of Florida

The conclusion of this book reconsiders the significance of Afro-Atlantic religious art with respect to African American art and the larger practice of art history. Scholars have often dismissed the collection of materials essential to the practice of Espiritismo and Santería as “kitsch” and disposable. However, the combination of manufactured and handcrafted materials in an Afro-Atlantic altar is significant. The extremely limited selection of materials for retention by cultural leaders otherwise indicates that the preservation of Afro-Atlantic art history is not necessarily left to scholars and institutions but to those artists and leaders trained to interpret these traditions for future generations.

Keywords:   Afro-Atlantic, African American art, art history, kitsch, popular sublime

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