03.08.2017 / Jordana Moore Saggese


Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10am-11:30am

80 Carolina Room 101, SF Campus

Jordana Moore Saggese holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Illinois. Her work focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on theorizations of blackness. Saggese’s writing has appeared in Exposure: The Journal of the Society for Photographic Education, The International Review of African-American Artnka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and Art Journal. Saggese’s first book, Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art (UC Press 2014), reexamines the painting practice of the often-mythologized 1980s art star Jean-Michel Basquiat; it won the PEN Center USA Award for Exceptional First Book. Saggese’s newest research concerns representations of the black athletic body in popular culture and fine art of the twentieth century. Other research and teaching interests include performance, critical race art history, identity politics, postcolonial theory, African diaspora theory as well as the intersections between musical, visual, and literary practices.