Recommended Reading

An Evolving List of Suggested Resources By and About BIPOC Artists
email mfa at lesley.edu to make additions

BOOKS

 

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

 

ARTICLES

 

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

 

VIDEOS

 

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”