About the Class
Black artists have gained increasing visibility on the art market in recent decades, with stars like Kehinde Wiley and Kara Walker becoming almost household names. This class pulls back the lens to explore the rich history of African American art from the early 20th century to the present, providing a wider context for the Barnes’s 30 Americans exhibition, which opens October 27. By the class’s end, students will be able to discuss the critical contributions African American artists have made to modern visual culture.
Barber is assistant professor of Africana studies at the University of Delaware. As a scholar, curator, and writer, she focuses on artists of the black diaspora working in the US and the broader Atlantic world. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and exhibition catalogues.