Judith Wilson

African American Studies, Art History, Visual Studies

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Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 949.824.1563
Fax: 949.824.3885
Email: wilsonja@uci.edu
Office Location:
Irvine, CA

Area of Research: African-American art, black visual culture, race representation, postcolonial art & theory

My scholarly work stems from the historical conjunction of the birth of black studies (in majority institutions) and the emergence of a U.S. black visual arts movement in the late 1960s. While I have been intrigued by debates about black artists' social mission, the existence of a black aesthetic, and the influence of African heritage, my primary interest has been in mapping the encounter of African Americans with the dominant culture in the rarified domains of elite visual culture. Here, ideology, aesthetics, and questions of identity converge in especially intricate and subtle ways.

Postdoctoral Appointments

Visual Studies


“One Way or Another: Black Feminist Visual Theory,”, in Amelia Jones, ed., THEORIZING FEMINISM AND VISUAL CULTURE. New York: Routledge, 2002, 22-26, An overview of the state of black feminist visual theory in the U.S.

"Sargent Johnson: Afro-California Modernist,", in Kymberly N. Pinder, ed., RACE-ING ART HISTORY: CRITICAL READINGS IN RACE AND ART HISTORY. New York: Routledge, 2002, pp. 307-319, plates 14 and 15, A look at the intersection of race and place in the career of California's premier black artist of the first half of the 20th century.

"African-American Art," 1999 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (CD-ROM).

"How the Invisible Woman Got Herself On the Map: Black Women Artists in California", in Diana Burgess Fuller and Daniela Salvioni, eds., WOMEN/ART/CALIFORNIA, 1950-2000: PARALLELS & INTERSECTIONS. Berkeley: University of California Press,, 2002;, 201-216., An overview of the history of African-American women artists in California.

"Hagar's Daughters: Social History, Cultural Heritage, and African-American Women's Art," in Bearing Witness: Art by Contemporary African-American Women, New York: Rizzoli, 1996.

"Will the 'New Internationalism' Be the Same Old Story? Some Art Historical Considerations," in Global Visions: Toward a New InterNationalism in the Visual Arts, London: Kala Press, 1994.