This Companion authoritatively points to the main areas of enquiry 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.

This book will be of interest to graduate students, researchers, and professors and may be used in American art, African American art, visual culture, and culture classes.



ByEddie Chambers

section Section I|1 pages

Historical Framings

chapter 1|13 pages

“History Must Restore What Slavery Took Away”

Freeman H. M. Murray, Double-Consciousness, and the Historiography of African American Art History
ByPatricia Hills

chapter 3|12 pages

The Enduring Relevance of the Harlem Renaissance

ByPhoebe Wolfskill

chapter 4|9 pages

African American Art Beyond the Harlem Renaissance

ByJohn Ott

chapter 5|9 pages

African American Artists and Mexico

ByMelanie Anne Herzog

chapter 6|9 pages

Caribbean Absences in African American Art History

ByAnna Arabindan-Kesson

chapter 7|9 pages

The Influence of African Art on African American Art

ByTobias Wofford

chapter 8|10 pages

Confessions of an Unintended Reader

African American Art, American Art, and the Crucible of Naming
ByKirsten Pai Buick

chapter 9|11 pages

On Display

The Art of African American Photography
ByTanya Sheehan

chapter 10|12 pages

When Black Experimentalism Became Black Power

The Black Arts Movement and Its Legacies
ByMargo Natalie Crawford

section Section II|1 pages

Within the Academy

chapter 11|14 pages

The Washington Renaissance

Black Artists and Modern Institutions
ByJohn Tyson

chapter 12|10 pages

Disturbing Categories, Remapping Knowledge

ByTatiana Flores

chapter 13|13 pages

The Atlanta University Center

A Nucleus of Visual Art
ByAndrea Barnwell Brownlee

chapter 14|14 pages

African American Abstraction

BySarah Lewis

chapter 15|11 pages


Circuits and Networks of African American Art in California
ByMary Thomas

chapter 16|10 pages

Black Grace

The Religious Impulse in African American Art
ByKymberly Pinder

chapter 17|11 pages

New Negro Artists in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s

ByTheresa Leininger-Miller

chapter 18|10 pages

Getting to a Baseline on Identity Politics

The Marxist Debate
ByNizan Shaked

chapter 19|9 pages

African American Artists and the Community Mural Movement

ByRebecca Zorach

chapter 20|9 pages

The South in African American Art

ByBetty J. Crouther

section Section III|1 pages

Curatorial Histories and Strategies

chapter 21|10 pages

New York in/and African American Art History

ByLesley E. Shipley

chapter 22|11 pages

Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now

African American Artists in Philadelphia since 1940
ByBlake Bradford

chapter 24|12 pages

Status and Presence

African American Art in the International Arena
ByRichard Hylton

chapter 25|10 pages

Black Public Art in the United States

ByModupe Gloria Labode

chapter 27|14 pages


Shapeshifting Roles of “the Folk” in African American Art History
ByElaine Y. Yau

chapter 28|11 pages

The Artist and the Archive

African American Art
ByJulie L. McGee

chapter 29|11 pages

African American Art and the “White Cube”

ByNika Elder

chapter 30|9 pages

“Feeling for my People”

Visualizing Resistance, Radicalism, and Revolution
ByCeleste-Marie Bernier

section Section IV|1 pages

Historical, Modern, and Contemporary Considerations

chapter 31|7 pages

Unruly Polyvocality

Networks of Black Performance Art
ByUri McMillan

chapter 32|12 pages

“Can You Get to That”

The Funk of “Conceptual-Type Art”
ByLeslie Wilson

chapter 33|12 pages

Picturing Freedom

The Legacy of Representing Black Womanhood
ByRehema C. Barber

chapter 34|11 pages

The Printed Image

Process and Influences in African American Art
ByAllan Edmunds

chapter 35|11 pages

Queer Aesthetics in the History of African American Art

ByDerek Conrad Murray

chapter 36|11 pages

African American Artists and the Art Market

A Dream Deferred
ByNigel Freeman

chapter 37|11 pages

Black Women Curators

A Brief Oral History of the Recent Past
ByKemi Adeyemi

chapter 38|10 pages

Breaking Ground

Constructions of Identity in African American Art 1
ByRebecca VanDiver

chapter 40|9 pages

African American Art History

Some Concluding Considerations
ByEddie Chambers