Art in Context | Diasporic Collage: Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s “The Beautyful Ones”

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Carol Armstrong, Professor in the Department of the History of Art, Yale University

Art in Context

Presented by faculty, staff, student guides, and visiting scholars, these gallery talks focus on a particular work of art in the museum’s collections or special exhibitions through an in-depth look at its style, subject matter, technique, or time period.

About Carol Armstrong

Appointed to the faculty of the Department of the History of Art at Yale University in 2007, Armstrong teaches and writes about nineteenth-century French painting, the history of photography, the history and practice of art criticism, feminist theory, and the representation of women and gender in art and visual culture. She received her PhD from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University in 1986, and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned tenure in 1990; the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; and Princeton University, where she was professor of Art and Archaeology and Doris Stevens Professor of Women’s Studies from 1999 to 2007, as well as Director of the Program in the Study of Women and Gender from 2004 to 2007.

She has published books and essays on Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, and Edouard Manet, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century photography, modern and contemporary women artists; she has curated exhibitions at Princeton University Art Museum, the Drawing Center in New York, the Yale Center for British Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Armstrong has been a frequent contributor to October and Artforum magazines, and continues to be an active art critic. Her most recent book, Cézanne’s Gravity, won the 2019 Robert Motherwell Book Award for an Outstanding Book on Modernism in the Arts. Forthcoming is an anthology of her writings on modern painting and photography, Painting Photography Painting, to be published in 2023 by Mack Books in London. She is currently working on a new project on modern medium-specificities in the visual and verbal arts, considered from a feminist point of view.


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The Hilton Als Series: Njideka Akunyili Crosby installation, second-floor galleries, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Richard Caspole

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