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Recommended Reading

An Evolving List of Suggested Resources By and About BIPOC Artists
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Rebecca Belmore, Facing the Monumental


Maurice Berger, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights


Maurice Berger, White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness


Jane Blocker, Where is Ana Mendieta?: Identity, Performativity, and Exile


Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me


Teju Cole and Fazal Sheikh, Human Archipelago


Aruna D’Souza, Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts


Coco Fusco, Only Skin Deep 


Adrian Heathfield and Tehching Hsieh, OUT OF NOW: The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh


Lorraine O’Grady and Aruna D’Souza, Writing in Space, 1973-2019


Claudia Rankine, Citizen (review by Dan Chiasson, “Color Codes”)


Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass


Kara Walker, A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be 


Deborah Willis and Carla Williams, The Black Female Body: A Photographic History


Publications by Deborah Willis




Anita Hill Interviews Mark Bradford, “Great Master Painter of the Twenty-First Century”


James Baldwin, “The Creative Process


Claire Bishop and Nikki Columbus, “Free Your Mind: A Speculative Review of #NewMoMA


Anne Anlin Cheng, “Ornamentalism: A Feminist Theory for the Yellow Woman” 


Daniel Dyer, “The Light of the World


Denise Ferreira da Silva, “Difference Without Separability


Coco Fusco, “Still in the Cage: Two Undiscovered Amerindians Twenty Years Later”


Édouard Glissant, “For Opacity


Mark Graham, “An Interview with the Artist Fred Wilson”: The Journal of Museum Education (Vol. 32, No. 3, Fall 2007)


Catherine Grant and Dorothy Price, “Decolonizing Art History”


Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, “The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study


Glenn Ligon,  “Black Light: David Hammons and the Poetics of Emptiness


Helen Molesworth, “Art Is Medicine: Helen Molesworth on the Work of Simone Leigh


Alondra Nelson, “Future Texts


Megan O’Grady, “Arthur Jafa in Bloom


Jacoba Urist, “Does ‘American Art’ Exist Anymore?


Jack Whitten, Section of “Notes from the Woodshed




Crystal Bridges, “Carrie Mae Weems on Identity, Relationships, & More”


DREAMWEAVERS: In / Conversation - Ming Smith and Arthur Jafa


DREAMWEAVERS: In / Conversation - Carrie Mae Weems and Terence Nance


Mark Bradford, “The 60 Minutes Interview


Teju Cole and Fazal Sheikh, “Human Archipelago” Conversation + Video Adaptation


Arthur Jafa, “My Favorite Artwork


Tehching Hsieh, “Lesley MFA Art Talk, January 2019


Doris Salcedo, “Lesley MFA Art Talk, January 2021


Sarah Sze, “How We Experience Time and Memory Through Art


Jack Whitten, “An Artist’s Life”

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