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Richard J Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Richard J Powell
Contact Info:
Office Location:  102 Allen Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-6811
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Fall 2015):

    East Duke 209, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 227.01)

PhDYale University1988

Afro-American Art
African Art
Art of the United States
Research Interests:

Richard J. Powell received his Ph.D. from Yale University. His research and teaching interests lie in American art, African American art, and theories of race and representation in the African diaspora. He is also interested in the media arts and conceptualizations of the "folk" in world art and culture. His books include Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson and Black Art: A Cultural History.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Katherine L. Jentleson  
  • Rebecca Keegan  
  • Alfredo Rivera  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Linguists, Poets, and ‘Others’ on African American Art, American Art, vol. 17 (Spring, 2003), pp. 16-19
  2. Black Art: A Cultural History (2002), London: Thames and Hudson, Ltd. (Revised & expanded edition of Black Art & Culture in the 20th Century, 1997; Spanish translation: Arte y Cultura Negros en el Siglo XX, Barcelona: Ediciones Destino, S.A., 1998.)
  3. Appreciation. Jacob Lawrence: Keep on Movin’, American Art, vol. 15 (Spring, 2001), pp. 90-93
  4. To Be Real, in The Barkley L. Hendricks Experience (2001), pp. 13-15, New London, Connecticut: Lyman Allyn
  5. Sartor Africanus, in Dandies: Fashion and Finesse in Art and Culture, edited by Susan Fillin-Yeh (2001), pp. 217-242, New York: New York University Press

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