Bridget R. Cooks
Department of African American Studies and Department of Art History
Graduate Programs in Visual Studies, Critical and Curatorial Studies, and Culture and Theory
Bridget R. Cooks fills a joint appointment in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Art History. Cooks' research focuses on African American art and culture, Black visual culture, museum criticism, film, feminist theory and post-colonial theory. In 2002 she earned her doctorate degree in the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester. She has received a number of awards, grants and fellowships for her work including the prestigious James A. Porter & David C. Driskell Book Award in African American Art History, and the Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship in American Art. She has also curated several exhibitions of African American art including "The Art of Richard Mayhew" at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, 2009-2010.
Prior to her appointment at UCI, she taught in the Department of Art and Art History and the Program of Ethnic Studies at Santa Clara University. She also served as museum educator for the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
She is currently completing her next book, A Dream Deferred: Art of the Civil Rights Movement and the Limits of Liberalism.
Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum. University of Massachusetts Press, 2011.
This book was awarded the inaugural James A. Porter & David C. Driskell Book Award in African American Art History (2013)
A Historical Perspective of African Americans. Anthology Editor. San Diego: Cognella Academic Publishing, 2009.
The Art of Richard Mayhew. Exhibition Catalogue. Lead author, curator, and project manager. Editor, Melissa Leventon. San Francisco: Museum of the African Diaspora, 2009.
"Alma Thomas: The Nature of Color" Alma Thomas exhibition catalog, Studio Museum in Harlem, 2016.
"Curating the National Museum of African American History and Culture: A Conversation with Tuliza Fleming and Jacquelyn Serwer," Archives of American Art Journal. Volume 55: Issue 2, 2016.
"Redux: Harlem on My Mind" Aperture 223, Summer 2016.
“The Gee’s Bend Effect,” Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. Volume 12: Issue 3, 2014.
“Permanent Collection: Increasing the Visibility of African American Art in a University Museum,” Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professions, Volume 10, Number 2, Spring 2014: 193-212.
“Revisiting The De Luxe Show: Black, White, and ‘Hard Art’ in Houston 1971,” Gulf Coast. Winter/Spring 2013. Volume 26, Issue 1: 240-248.
“Object, Context & Voice: Theaster Gates’ Practice in red black & GREEN: a blues,” in red, black & GREEN: a blues, (New York: MAPP Publications, 2012).
“Intricate Illusion,” in Titus Kaphar: Classical Disruption (New York: Friedman Benda Gallery, 2011).
“Filling the Void: Two Centuries of Black American Art,” in The Ladder: A Magazine for and about Future Teachers. Issue Theme: “Diversity: Honoring Differences in the Classroom.” Los Angeles: Los Angeles Unified School District, Fall 2011: 14 and 36.
“Tony Albert: Alien Nation” in Tony Albert: It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done (Hong Kong: Conceptio Unlimited, 2011).
“Feng Bin: The Encounter,” in Feng Bin: Dancing Red Shadows (Hong Kong: Conceptio Unlimited, 2011).
“African American Murals” and “William Edmondson” entries for the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. May 2010.
“Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory” by Owen J. Dwyer and Derek H. Alderman. Book Review. American Studies 50: 1/2. Spring/Summer, 2009.
“Lynching in the West” book review. Western American Literature. Spring 2008 Volume 43:1: 89-90.
“Interview: Sheila Pree Bright” Exposure, Fall 2008
“Pictures of Home: The Work of Sheila Pree Bright” Afterimage, September/October 2008.
“Black Artists and Activism: Harlem on My Mind (1969)” American Studies 48:1, 2008.
“Fixing Race: Visual Representations of African American Fairgoers, World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893” Patterns of Prejudice, 41:5, 2007.
“Confronting Terrorism: Teaching the History of Lynching through Photography”. Pedagogy 7.1: January 2007.
Revised version reprinted in Teaching Race in the 21st Century: College Teachers Talk About Their Fears, Risks, and Rewards, Editor, Lisa Guerrero (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
“Confronting Terrorism: Teaching the History of Lynching through Photography,” Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. Strange Fruit: Lynching, Visuality, Empire: Issue #21: Fall 2006.
“Pan-Africanism in African American Visual Arts: Where have we been? Where are we going?” The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. Volume 2:2. July 2006.
“Adrienne Pao: Beyond the Paradise” Exposure. Spring 2006.
“Romare Bearden: On View” Studies in the History of Art: Romare Bearden, American Modernist. Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, (CASVA) Volume 71, XLVIII. National Gallery of Art, 2006.
“Museums” entry for the Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History (EAACH). December 2005.
“Lorna Simpson: The Portrait of Refusal” Fotophile 46. Winter 2004.
“Snapshots: Brief Takes on Rising Talents” International Review of African American Art 2003. Volume 19:2
"New/Now/Next: A Survey of Rising Talent” International Review of African American Art 2003. Volume 18:1
“The Black Female Body: A Photographic History” book review. African American Review. September/October, 2003. Volume 37:2.
"See Me Now" Camera Obscura. Bloomington: Indiana Press, fall 1997.
"Complicated Shadows: Challenging Histories of Cultural Representation in Contemporary Art" Focaal 27. Amsterdam: The Netherlands, 1997.
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