Lesley Shipley, an art history professor at Randolph, wrote an essay for the forthcoming book, The Routledge Companion to African American Art History, which is scheduled to publish Tuesday, December 3.
Her essay, “New York in/and African American Art History,” examines the ways in which African American artists of the 20th century have used the city of New York both as a medium and a subject in their work to create public spaces of resistance and resilience. The essay addresses works by a range of artists from the Harlem Renaissance through the present, including Meta Warrick Fuller, Aaron Douglas, Adrian Piper, William Pope, and Kara Walker.
The Routledge Companion to African American Art History points to the main areas of inquiry within the subject of African American art history. The first section examines how African American art has been constructed over the course of a century of published scholarship. The second section studies how African American art is and has been taught and researched in academia. The third part focuses on how African American art has been reflected in art galleries and museums. The final section opens up understandings of what we mean when we speak of African American art. The book is intended for graduate students, researchers, and professors.
The book is available to order online here.