Kobena Mercer is Professor in History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University. He teaches modern and contemporary art in the Black Atlantic, examining African American, Caribbean and Black British artists with critical methods from cultural studies. He is author of studies of James VanDer Zee, Romare Bearden and Adrian Piper, Isaac Julien and Rotimi Fani-Kayode and he edited the Annotating Art’s Histories series, whose titles are Cosmopolitan Modernisms (2005), Discrepant Abstraction (2006), Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures (2007) and Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers (2008). Professor Mercer previously taught at New York University and University of California Santa Cruz and he is an inaugural recipient of the 2006 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing. Recent publications include ‘The Cross-Cultural and the Contemporary,’ in 21st Century: Art of the First Decade, (2011) and ‘Art History after Globalization,’ in Colonial Modern: Aesthetics of the Past, Rebellions for the Future (2010).
Additional Area(s) of Interest
Psychoanalysis, Gender and Sexuality, Queer Studies, Methodology in Art History, Photography, Globalization