Key Jo Lee

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B.A., Art History, Summa Cum Laude, Rutgers University (2009)


Key Jo Lee (Art History, class of 2015) received a B.A. in Art History summa cum laude from Rutgers University in 2009. Her dissertation is a study of materiality and meaning in nineteenth century African American photographic portraiture with a foray into contemporary African American artistic practice and contemporary conservation and restoration practices. Her other interests include images of and images by African diasporic subjects as well as black visual humor, sartorial choice (especially the selective gender bending of 1920s and 1930s era female performers) and black abstraction. She has also published several critical essays on the work of emerging artists, recently curated the exhibition, “Ficre Ghebreyesus: Polychromasia,” and edited the associated exhibition catalogue. She is currently a recipient of the Archibald Hanna, Jr. Research Fellowship in American history.