Susan Mullin Vogel
Susan M. Vogel is an independent curator and African art expert. She has held the positions of curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Founding Director of the Museum for African Art, Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and Professor of Art History at Columbia.

Vogel, Susan Mullin
Vogel, Susan Mullin
United States of America
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Description: I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome
It is with a special sense of pride and the greatest enthusiasm that the Yale University Art Gallery presents I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome. This major’loan exhibition, the Gallery’s first in this field, brings some of the most important works of Roman art in North America together for the first time. As we see these magnificent images of...
PublisherYale University Art Gallery
Description: The Language of Beauty in African Art
n 1968, when I went to Côte d’Ivoire and began fieldwork for my master’s thesis on Baule aesthetics, I had no idea that I was part of a rapidly growing cohort of young, predominantly American art historians, the first whose understanding of African art would be grounded in comprehensive fieldwork...
PublisherArt Institute of Chicago
Related print edition pages: pp.16-23
Description: Baule: African Art, Western Eyes
The superb sculptures of the Baule people of the Ivory Coast have long been recognized in Europe and the United States as one of Africa's most significant art traditions. The work of many modern artists—Amedeo Modigliani in particular—reflects the direct influence of Baule invention and forms. This original book, filled with the insights of an author who has lived with the Baule and studied their art for more than twenty-five years, explores for the first time the full texture and details of Baule life and art. Abundant illustrations include field photographs showing artworks in the intimacy of daily lives and public performances, and museum photographs of Baule sculptures.

Susan Vogel focuses on the creation and uses of Baule works of art apart from their definition as "art" in Western eyes. She establishes a means for understanding Baule expressive culture from the perspective of the Baule individuals. In an extensive discussion of Baule experiences of art objects, she finds different kinds of looking and seeing—art that is watched (mask dances and entertainment performances), that is seen without looking (works of art too sacred or awesome to be scrutinized), that is glimpsed (sculptures made for personal shrines and kept in private rooms), and that is visible to all (elaborately decorated objects that fulfill the desire for beauty and for open display of talents).
Print publication date October 1997 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9780300073171
EISBN 9780300266498
Illustrations 237
Print Status out of print
Description: Thomas Eakins: The Rowing Pictures
We are pleased to present Thomas Eakins: The Rowing Pictures, the first exhibition to survey this extraordinary group of paintings, watercolors, and drawings by one of America’s greatest artists at the beginning of his career. Although other exhibitions have included some of the rowing pictures, never before have all the extant works been brought...
PublisherYale University Art Gallery