Assistant Professor of History of Art and African American Studies
B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., Duke University; Whitney Independent Study Program
Loria Room 458; 190 York St. New Haven, CT 06511
Rizvana Bradley is a scholar of contemporary art, with an interest in performance in relation to the development of the moving image and mixed-media installations. Her scholarly approach to artistic practices and cultural production within the wider black diaspora expands and develops frameworks for thinking across different artistic mediums in global and transnational contexts. Bradley’s teaching and research in contemporary art intersect with black studies, anticolonial politics, feminist and gender studies, continental philosophy, postcolonial theory, and aesthetic theory.
Bradley has written about a range of contemporary artists, including: Barbara Hammer, Howardena Pindell, Isaac Julien, Steve McQueen, John Akomfrah, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Keith Piper, Zarina Bhimji, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Theo Eshetu, Candice Lin, Pope. L, Senga Nengudi, Simone Leigh, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sable Elyese Smith, and Harry Dodge.
Recent research has focused on gender and sexuality with respect to race, aesthetic labor, and visual representation. Her writing also addresses: visual histories of the racialized body; film theory and the politics and poetics of moving images; temporality and duration in contemporary performance and dance. (Published work can be found here.) Bradley is currently at work on two scholarly book projects. The first is a recipient of a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. It offers a critical examination of the black body across a range of experimental artistic practices that integrate film and other media.
Art Criticism has appeared in Parkett, Art in America, e-flux, and she has contributed writing for the New Museum, ICA Philadelphia, Art Basel, the Berlin Biennale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, the Logan Arts Center/University of Chicago, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and Whitechapel Gallery, London (forthcoming). Bradley has organized public programs and symposia featuring artists, scholars, and curators at: the Serpentine Galleries; British Film Institute (London,); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); and Centre National de la Danse (Paris). Before joining the Yale faculty, Bradley taught at University College London, in the History of Art Department, and at Emory University.