11.1.2017 / John Bowles


Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 9:30am-11:00am

Boardroom SF Campus

John Bowles is Associate Professor of African American art at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 2008 he started a digital archive of African American Performance Art (aapaa.org), which debuted in February 2010 and Bowles continues to develop today.

Bowles’s 2011 book Adrian Piper: Race, Gender and Embodiment (Duke University Press), is the first scholarly monograph on Piper’s work. Informed by a decade of conversations with Piper, this book places her early conceptual and performance art at the nexus of Conceptual and Feminist art of the late 1960s and early 1970s and in relationship to the work various African-American artists were making at the time.

Bowles is currently at work on his second book, “Globalization and African American Art: History and Transnational Dialogue”, in which he explores how African American artists – from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s until today – have engaged simultaneously with modernism, globalization and diaspora. Bowles conceives of this project as an investigation of historical attempts by African American artists to question the certainty of “race” in the service of a broader, more global politics of liberation and solidarity.

Bowles received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2002 and completed the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. He has published articles and art criticism in the International Review of African American Art, Callaloo, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, American Art, the Art Journal, Art in America, Art Papers, and elsewhere.