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Dr. Amanda M. Maples

Research and Database Coordinator, Hamburg


Dr. Amanda M. Maples is Curator of African Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Visiting Faculty in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the NCMA and UNC, she was the Curatorial Fellow in African and Indigenous American Arts at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center. She has also served in curatorial and scholarly capacities at the Yale University Art Gallery, the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, the High Desert Museum, and UC Berkeley’s Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Maples has written essays, books, exhibition reviews, and articles and curated a range of exhibitions on historical and contemporary African arts, museum policies, and ethical collecting practices. She is the guest curator and author of Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women (2018), the first in-depth scholarly exploration of Senegalese gold jewelry to date and co-author of Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (2012). She is also Dialogue Editor of the journal African Arts (MIT Press) and Secretary of the Steering Committee for the Benin Dialogue Group. Maples holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

︎ Contact and selected publications
︎ Selected publications
2020. “African Restitution in a North American Context: A Debate, A Summary and a Challenge,” African Arts 53 (4): 10-15.

2019. “Power Figures: The Ethics of In-depth Analysis,” Circa: The NCMA Blog (Jul. 11). https://ncartmuseum.org/blog/view/power_figures_the_ethics_of_in_depth_analysis

2018. “Urban Roots and Rural Routes: Migrating Masquerades of Freetown and Beyond,” Critical Interventions 12 (3): 275-293.

2018. “Unraveling Political Threads: Youth and Masquerade Mobility in Freetown,” Social Dynamics 44 (3): 487-509.

2018. Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women. Washington, DC: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

2016. Ancestors. Contributing author. New Hampshire: Cannon Publications.

2014. Refined Eye, Passionate Heart: African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection. Milan: Skira Publishing.

2012. Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery. Co-authored with Frederick J. Lamp and Laura Smalligan. New Haven: Yale University Press.

2012. Transformations: The African Art of Change. Editor and contributing author. Tennessee State Museum.