Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 10am-11:30am
80 Carolina Room 101, SF Campus
Jacqueline Francis, Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at CCA, teaches US art history and researches critical questions about minority identities and identifications represented in visual culture. She is the author of Making Race: Modernism and “Racial Art” in America (2012) and a co-editor of Romare Bearden: American Modernist (2011). Her essays appear in The Image of the Black in Western Art (Volume 5), Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and American Art. From 2012-14, Francis served on the Executive Committee of the College Art Association. She also serves on the board of the Queer Cultural Center, a resource and site for LGBT artistic expression in San Francisco. She has lectured at Columbia University, Harvard University, the National Gallery of Art, and at scholarly conferences in the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and Japan. In 2016, Francis was awarded a Fellowship at the Cesar Chavez Institute in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, where she holds the title Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice. She is co-curator, with Kathy Zarur, of the exhibition Where Is Here at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; the show presents the work of contemporary artists of African descent who are interested in claiming, re-making, and describing places where they have lived and traveled. She was invited to deliver a series of Richard D. Cohen Lectures at Harvard’s prestigious Hutchins Center for African & African American Research this spring.