Huey Copeland F'13, F'03

Huey  Copeland
Associate Professor
Art History
Northwestern University

ACLS Fellowship Program 2013
Associate Professor
Art History
Northwestern University
In the Arms of the Negress: A Brief History of Modern Artistic Practice

This book examines the negress—a key figure within Western artistic production—in order to newly interpret the practices that have both shaped the visual predication of black femininity and constituted modern aesthetic form from the nineteenth century to the present. While several scholars have commented on the significance of racial and sexual difference for avant-garde innovation and others have begun to explore the visual history of black womanhood, this project moves between and beyond these discourses to actively theorize the role that figurations of African and African diasporic femininity have played in art-making of the last two centuries. In so doing, it will wend its way through a range of periods and practitioners in narrating a racially integrated, gender-balanced, and transnational history of modern art.

Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 2003
Doctoral Candidate
University of California, Berkeley
Bound to appear: site, subjection, and the figuration of slavery in contemporary American art