Nikki A. Greene, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Art Department at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Richard D. Cohen Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University (2016-17)
Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow (2016-17)
Nikki A. Greene received her BA with honors in Art History from Wesleyan University, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Delaware. Dr. Greene examines African American and African identities, the body, feminism, and music in modern and contemporary art. She is the Visual Arts Editor of Transition Magazine, published by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Dr. Greene arrived at Wellesley College in 2011 where she held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Africana Studies and Art Departments. She joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Art Department in 2013. Dr. Greene has traveled throughout the United States and internationally, including to Chile, England, Italy, and South Africa, to deliver lectures on the Arts of the African diaspora. In January 2013, she gave a series of lectures on African Art at the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. During her sabbatical for the 2016-17 academic year, she holds the Richard D. Cohen Fellowship at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University and the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship. Before her arrival at Wellesley, she held the Barra Foundation Fellowship in the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to catalogue the African American art collections. She also taught at Swarthmore College, Temple University, Moore College of Art and Design, and Rutgers University-Camden.
Her book manuscript, Rhythms of Grease, Grime, Glass, and Glitter: The Body in Contemporary Black Art, presents a new interpretation of the work of David Hammons, Renée Stout, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Radcliffe Bailey, and considers the intersection between the body, black identity, and the musical possibilities of the visual. Select recent and upcoming publications include: “The Feminist Funk Power of Betty Davis and Renée Stout” in American Studies Journal (Fall 2013); “Deana Lawson and Nikki A. Greene in Conversation about the Emanuel 9” in Aperture: Vision & Justice Online (June 2016); “Wind, Sunshine, and Flowers: The Visual Cadences of Alma Thomas’s Washington, DC,” in Alma Thomas (Studio Museum in Harlem & Tang Teaching Museum, 2016); “David Hammons as Esu,” in Dark Humor: Joyce J. Scott and Peter Williams (Towson University, 2017); “Romare Bearden and the Hand of Jazz,” in Studies in Music, Art and Performance From Romanticism to Postmodernism: The Musicalisation of Art, edited by Diane Silverthorne (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018); and “Habla LAMADRE: María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Carrie Mae Weems, and Black Feminist Performance,” in Beyond the Face: New Perspectives on Portraiture, edited by Wendy Wick Reeves (D. Giles, Ltd, 2018).
Nikki A. Greene’s summer blog post “Eating Ice Cream While Black (Or My Life in Wellesley, Mass)” on microaggressions received local and national attention and was featured on WBUR Boston’s Cognescenti. She was a guest on Radio Boston to talk about “The Challenge of Raising Kids of Color in a Homogenous Community.” She also recently discussed African American art on a panel with host Callie Crossley on Basic Black on WGBH-Channel 2. She also wrote about teaching art history in the digital age in “Beyond ‘Mona Lisa Smile’: Art, Race and Social Media on Campus” for WBUR’s Edify.
Nikki A. Greene is originally from Newark, NJ, and she lives with her husband and two children in Massachusetts. She “muses” here about her academic interests, travel, and the challenges of the work-life balance.
RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS
May 5, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.
“Newark: My Home in the Arts.” Inaugural Lecturer of the L +M Development Partners Lecture Series, an invitation from The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience. The lecture precedes the grand opening of Express Newark, a community-university collaborative space of Rutgers University-Newark. Express Newark Lecture Hall. 54 Halsey Street, Room 213. Newark, NJ.
March 9, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
A lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Dark Humor: Joyce J. Scott and Peter Williams. Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Towson, MD.
March 19-20, 2017
“’Speaking Things of Blackness’: Afrofuturism’s Shine.” Black / Art / Futures: African Diasporic Art Histories Symposium. Department of African American Studies & Department of History of Art. University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
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