John L Warfield Center

Diaspora Talk with Cheryl Finley

Re-staging the Grand Tour: Routes of Contemporary African Diaspora Art

Mon, March 7, 2016 | Gordon White Building (GWB) 2.206, 210 West 24th Street

3:00 PM

Diaspora Talk with Cheryl Finley
Diaspora Talk with Cheryl Finley

Cheryl Finley, Art Historian from Cornell University



Trained in the History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University, Cheryl Finley is Associate Professor and Director of Visual Studies in the Department of the History of Art at Cornell University. Her prolific critical attention to photography has produced the coauthored publications Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2011), winner, Outstanding Citation Publication Award, Black Caucus of the Library Association of America, 2012, Harlem: A Century in Images (Skira Rizzoli, 2010), and Diaspora, Memory, Place: David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pamela Z (Prestel, 2008) as well as numerous catalog essays and journal articles on artists such as Lorna Simpson, Hank Willis Thomas, Walker Evans, Joy Gregory, Carrie Mae Weems, and Berenice Abbott. Dr. Finley’s research has been supported by an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship, the Ford Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her current interdisciplinary project, Re-Imagining the Grand Tour: Routes of Contemporary African Diaspora Art, examines the current global art economy, focusing on the relationship among artists, museums, biennials and tourism. In addition to her expertise in contemporary African American and African Diaspora art history and visual culture, Dr. Finley has had career-long interests in the art market, cultural tourism and film studies.

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