"The value of the anthology lies in its providing the possibility for comparison across institutions and reflect on how certain personalities and scholars have left their mark on the known corpus of African art. It is a is a significant contribution to the history of African art studies, enlarging the comprehensive overviews. . ."
"This book is a recommended addition to museum studies, African Art, and museum history collections."
-Amy Ballmer, ARLIS, September/October 2011
"The essays provide a thought-provoking overview of varied processes by which American art museums came to define objects from Africa as art; they reveal shifting definitions and perceptions through institutional collecting and display from the late 1800s to the present. Summing up: Recommended."
-Choice, July 2011
"If the road traveled by African art in American museums is paved with good intentions, Berzock and Clarke in their selection of essays seek to examine those good intentions tainted by hierarchies and agendas that served the museums more than African art, and, most importantly, those looking to that art for understanding, either of another culture or their own heritage. Best of all, Representing Africa in American Art Museums reminds us that Africa was a 'Dark Continent' not because it lacked the guiding light of culture and art, but because our own ignorance and misunderstanding overshadowed it."