Publications

1998
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Fon Architecture”. Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture. Ed. Paul Oliver. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1998. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Batammaliba Architecture”. Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Review of Jean-Paul Bourdier and Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Drawn from African Dwellings (Bloomington: Indiana University Press)”. Common Knowledge. (1998): n. pag. Print.
African Royal Art: The Majesty of Form
Blier, Suzanne Preston. African Royal Art: The Majesty of Form. New York: Prentice Hall, 1998. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Blier draws on a vast range of individual objects--crowns, masks, thrones and regalia, palace architecture, painting, textiles, body decoration, and jewelry--as well as archival photographs of art works in use in ceremonies and performances, to reveal the court-art traditions of Africa in all their living splendor.
1997
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Fon Art”. The Dictionary of Art. Ed. Jane Turner. New York: Oxford University Press. 1997. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Gesture and Art in Africa”. The Dictionary of Art. Ed. Jane Turner. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print.
1996
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Ritual”. Critical Terms in Art History. Ed. Robert Nelson & Richard Schiff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1996. 187-96. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Enduring Myths of African Art”. Africa: The Art of a Continent: 100 Works of Beauty and Power. New York: Guggenheim Museum, 1996. 26-32. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Le Roi Glele du Dahomey”. Magie. Paris: Musée Dapper, 1996. Print.
1995
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “The African Roots of Vodou”. The Sacred Arts of Vodou. Ed. Donald Cosentino. Los Angeles: University of California Press. 1995. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “The Path of the Leopard: Majesty and Motherhood in Danhomé Dynastic Discourse”. Journal of African History. (1995): n. pag. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Benin: The Place Where Vodun Was Born”. Natural History October (1995): , October, 40-47. Print.
Arican Vodun: Art, Psychology, and Power
Blier., Suzanne Preston. Arican Vodun: Art, Psychology, and Power. University of Chicago Press, 1995. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Beads, bones, rags, straw, leather, pottery, fur, feathers and blood—these are the raw materials of vodun artworks. The power of these images lies not only in their aesthetic, and counter-aesthetic, appeal but also in their psychological and emotional effect. As objects of fury and force, these works are intended to protect and empower people and cultures that have long been oppressed. In this first major study of its kind, Suzanne Preston Blier examines the artworks of the contemporary vodun cultures of southern Benin and Togo in West Africa as well as the related voudou traditions of Haiti, New Orleans, and historic Salem, Massachusetts. Blier employs a variety of theoretically sophisticated psychological, anthropological, and art historical approaches to explore the contrasts inherent in the vodun arts—commoners versus royalty, popular versus elite, "low" art versus "high." She examines the relation between art and the slave trade, the psychological dynamics of artistic expression, the significance of the body in sculptural expression, and indigenous perceptions of the psyche. Throughout, Blier pushes African art history to a new height of cultural awareness that recognizes the complexity of traditional African societies as it acknowledges the role of social power in shaping aesthetics and meaning generally. This book will be of critical importance not only to those concerned with African, African American, and Caribbean art, but also to anthropologists, African diaspora scholars, students of comparative religion and comparative psychology, and anyone fascinated by the traditions of voudou and vodun.
1993
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Melville J. Herskovits and the Arts of Ancient Dahomey (reprint)”. Art in Small-Scale Societies: A Contemporary Reader. Ed. Richard Anderson. New York: Prentice Hall, 1993. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Art and Secret Agency: Concealment and Revelation in Artistic Expression”. Art and Secret Agency: Concealment and Revelation in Artistic Expression. Ed. Mary Nooter. New York: The Museum for African Art. 1993. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Truth and Falsehood: Fetish, Magic, and Custom in European and African Art”. Africa and the Disciplines. Ed. Robert H Bates, Valentin Mudimbe, & Jean O'Barr. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. 139-166. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Imaging Otherness in Ivory: African Images of the Portuguese Circa 1492”. The Art Bulletin (1993): n. pag. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Baobab: Roots of Creativity in African Material Culture”. 1993: n. pag. Print.Abstract
Electronic media database.
1992
Blier, SP. “First Word”. African Arts XXV.3: (1992): , XXV, 3:, 8-10. Print.
Blier, SP. “Shadow Plays: Reading between the Lines in Postmodern Criticism”. African Arts XXV. 3 (1992): , XXV, 3, 26-30. Print.

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