Dr. Peri Klemm


About Dr. Peri Klemm

Dr. Peri Klemm is the Contributing Editor for African art. She is Professor of Art History at California State University, Northridge and teaches course on the arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native America. Her current research project focuses on identity, dress, and the body in Oromia, Ethiopia. She received her doctorate in African art history from Emory University.




El Anatsui, Untitled, 2009, repurposed printed aluminum, copper, 256.5 × 284.5 × 27.9 cm as installed (Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C.)
The artist transforms metal from alcohol bottles into textiles that represent libations for ancestors.

El Anatsui, Untitled











El Anatsui, Untitled, 2009, repurposed printed aluminum, copper, 256.5 × 284.5 × 27.9 cm as installed (Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C.)
The artist transforms metal from alcohol bottles into textiles that represent libations for ancestors.

El Anatsui, Untitled




Ikenga (Igbo peoples)
These carved wooden figures have human faces but animal attributes, and reflected the achievements of their owners.

Ikenga (Igbo peoples)



Female (pwo) Mask
This mask was made and worn by men, but its purpose is to honor women who have bravely survived childbirth.

Female (pwo) Mask