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Art Department

Faculty - George Corbin

Academic Interests

Professor Corbin teaches a broad range of courses in African, Oceanic, and Native American Art.


Professor Corbin's research interests include the historiography of the fields of African, Native American, and South Pacific arts; archival and museum collections research in Melanesian and Polynesian art; ethnographic and art museum displays of African, Native American, and South Pacific Arts; and direct field study of the arts of the Baining, Sulka, and Tolai peoples of East New Britain, Paupua New Guinea.


Native Arts of North America, Africa, And the South Pacific: An Introduction. Harper and Row, 1988.
"Baining and Sulka Art in the Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg: An Iconographic Analysis," Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Völkerkunde, Vol. 3, 2003.

"E.T. Gilliard's Ethnographic Photographs on the Middle Sepik River: Kanganaman Village, 1953-1954," in A. Herle et. al., eds. Pacific Art: Persistence, Change and Meaning. University of Hawaii Press, 2002, pp. 60-81, 425-426.

"Continuity and Change in the Art of the Sulka of Wide Bay, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea," in Pacific Arts. The Journal of the Pacific Arts Association, nos. 13 & 14, July 1996, pp. 1-26.