The Art History Program at American University is proud to announce that acclaimed art historian, author, curator, and a recent MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Kellie Jones of Columbia University will be the keynote speaker at the seventh Feminist Art History Conference at American University on September 25-27, 2020.
Image courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation
The daughter of celebrated poets Hettie Jones and Dr. Amiri Baraka, Dr. Jones was exposed to the most exciting dialogues and discourses of African American art, culture, and politics of the twentieth century–ideas that continue to shape her own work as a curator, scholar, and public intellectual. Dr. Jones graduated from Amherst College in 1981 and obtained her PhD from Yale in 1999. An expert in contemporary art and artists of the African diaspora and Latin America, Dr. Jones is currently a Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. She is an award-winning scholar and curator, earning accolades, awards, and fellowships from The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Terra Foundation of American Art, The MacArthur Foundation, and her exhibition, “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980” was named one of the best exhibitions of 2011 and 2012 by Artforum magazine. She has been a guest speaker at various institutions including: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the City University of New York; New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, among many others. Her published books include South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, where she explores the art of black communities in the wake of blatant structural racism in America–a text described as significant due to its “[emphasis on] the importance of African American migration, as well as L.A.’s housing and employment politics….[which] shows how the work of black Angeleno artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi spoke to the dislocation of migration, L.A.’s urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility”. Jones’ second book, titled EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, brought attention to the work of African American, African, Latin American, and women artists who challenged hierarchies of race, gender, sexuality, class, and privilege within the art establishment.
American University and the organizing committee of the 7th Feminist Art History Conference are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jones as keynote speaker. We hope you will be able to attend!