Bridget R. Cooks
Department of Art History and Program in African American Studies
Graduate Programs in Visual Studies and Culture and Theory
Bridget R. Cooks fills a joint appointment in the Department of Art History and African American Studies. 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 Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship in American Art in 2000. She has also curated several exhibitions of African American art at the de Saisset Museum and most recently "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 Ethnic Studies program 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.
Some of her recent publications can be found in American Studies, Afterimage, Exposure, The International Review of American Art, African American Review, Studies (Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.), Pedagogy, and the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. She is excited about the publication of her first book entitled, "Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum".
Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum. University of Massachusetts Press, 2011.
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.
“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.
“The Burden and The Brilliance,” International Review of African American Art, Vol 23, No. 1, 2011: 51-62. forthcoming.
“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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