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Columbia Univ art professor, Kellie Jones, to present artist-in-residence public lecture Nov. 14th (*Changed*)

Kellie Jones, professor of art history at Columbia University, will present the Estelle Lebowitz Artist- in-Residence Public Lecture on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at the Douglass Library. Jones will address the topic: "Women / Artists / Africa and Berni Searle." The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.; it is preceded by a reception with the speaker starting at 6 p.m.

Jones will be replacing the initially scheduled speaker, South African artist Berni Searle, who will not be able to join us at this time. Searle's artwork remains on display in the galleries of the Douglass Library, through December 14th.

An art historian and curator, Jones' research interests include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latino/a and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1999.

For 2006 Jones was named a Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ford Foundation. In 2005 she was the inaugural recipient of the David C. Driskell Award in African American Art and Art History from the High Museum of Art, Atlanta and a Scholar-in-Residence, at the Rockefeller Foundation's Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Jones' recent publications include "Black West, thoughts on art in Los Angeles" (2006), "'It's Not Enough to Say Black is Beautiful': Abstraction at the Whitney, 1969-1974" (2006), "To/From Los Angeles with Betye Saar" (2005); "Brothers and Sisters" (2005), and Lorna Simpson (2002). Her writings have appeared in numerous exhibition catalogs and the journals NKA, Artforum, Flash Art, Atlantica, and Third Text among others. Current book projects include, Taming the Freeway and Other Acts of Urban HIP-notism: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s (forthcoming from The MIT Press), an anthology on David Hammons, and Mexican and African American conceptual art in transnational perspective.

Jones has worked as a curator for over two decades and has more than twenty-five major national and international exhibitions to her credit. She has organized shows for the Johannesburg Biennale (1997) and São Paulo Bienal (1989), the latter of which won the grand prize for best individual exhibition. Her most recent museum position was as adjunct curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; her shows there included, "Art Performs Life: Cunningham/Monk/Jones" (1998) and "Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975-1995" (1995). Her most recent exhibition was "Energy/Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction, 1964-1980" at The Studio Museum in Harlem (April-July 2006). She was co-curator of the exhibition "Basquiat" which toured New York, Los Angeles, and Houston in 2005-2006.

To make a reservation for the public lecture, call the Libraries Administration reception desk at 732/932-7505 or send an email to

Posted October 31, 2007