Friday, January 29, 2010

Michael D. Harris

Michael Harris is an associate professor of art history at Emory University and also serves as the consulting curator for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art and Culture in Charlotte, NC. Previously, Harris was an associate professor of African and African-American art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 11 years. In spring 2004, he served as the visiting professor of art at Dillard University in New Orleans, and has taught at Duke University, Georgia State University, Morehouse College and Wellesley College. He also served as the Consulting Curator for African American Art at the High Museum in Atlanta from 2005 to 2009.

Harris has published extensively, and his recent book Colored Pictures: Race and Visual Representation won two national awards. He was the curator of the exhibition “Transatlantic Dialogue: Contemporary Art in and out of Africa,” which traveled to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and to the Tampa Museum of Art, and co-curated “Astonishment and Power” at the National Museum of African Art in 1993. In 1996, Harris completed a doctorate in art history at Yale University, where he had also previously received his master of philosophy degree (1991), MA in art history (1990), and MA with distinction in African and African-American studies and art history (1989). Additionally, he holds his MFA in painting from Howard University and a BS in education from Bowling Green State University. As an artist, Harris has exhibited nationally and internationally, is represented in public and private collections including those of David Driskell and the Hampton University Museum. He has been a member of AfriCOBRA since 1979. “Our art is not about destruction, it’s about construction. It’s about who we are and who we can be.”

AfriCOBRA home : See AfriCOBRA art and watch videos on the AfriCOBRA Artists


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