James A. Porter Book Award Recipient & James A. Porter Distinguished Lecture
Kobena Mercer, Yale University
Flowback—How Africa Is Redefining Today’s Diaspora
Kobena Mercer is professor in history of art and African American studies at Yale University, focusing on modern and contemporary art and visual culture of the African Diaspora. He has written extensively on African American, Caribbean, and Black British artists, including James Van Der Zee, Romare Bearden, Adrian Piper, Isaac Julien, and Rotimi Fani-Kayode.
James A. Porter Book Award
Travel and See: Black Diaspora Art Practices Since 1980, by Kobena Mercer, Professor, History of Art and African American Studies, Department of the History of Art, Yale University
"A marvelous work, Kobena Mercer's Travel & See has the potential to introduce a whole new audience to the work of several artists of the black diaspora, while at the same time shifting our understanding of their artistic practice by radically reframing how we understand the very concept of diaspora and diasporic art…” according to Tina M. Campt, author of Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe