Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture featuring Dr. Krista Thompson

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Krista Thompson is the Mary Jane Crowe Professor of Art History, and affiliated faculty in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Performance Studies. She researches and teaches modern and contemporary art and visual culture of the Africa diaspora and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on photography and lens-based practices. She is the author of "An Eye for the Tropics" (Duke University Press, 2006), "Developing Blackness" (The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, 2008), and "Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice" (Duke University Press, 2015), recipient of the Charles Rufus Morey Award for distinguished book in the history of art from the College Art Association (2016), the Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Award for theoretical and methodological contributions to Caribbean Studies from the Caribbean Studies Association (2016), and the James A. Porter Book Award in African American Art History from the James Porter Colloquium (2019). Thompson is currently working on "Black Light," a manuscript about Tom Lloyd, electronic light, and archival recovery in African American art and The Evidence of Things Not Photographed (forthcoming, Duke University Press), a book that examines notions of photographic absence, fugitivity and disappearance in colonial and postcolonial Jamaica. An article from the latter, “ ‘I WAS HERE BUT I DISAPEAR’: Ivanhoe ‘Rhygin’ Martin and Photographic Disappearance in Jamaica,” was published in "Art Journal" in 2018.