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Winter/Spring 2020

“The Erasure of Thomas McKellar.” Invited Lecturer. For the exhibition, Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent. The Isabella Gardner Museum. April 2, 2020.

“Visual Aesthetic Musicality: Sonic Associations in Black Art.” Robert E. & Avis Tarrant Burke Lecture Series, 2019-2020. Department of Art History. Indiana University. March 27, 2020.

“Radcliffe Bailey’s ‘Thirst Traps’: On the Visual Aesthetic Musicality of Black Art.” Department of Art History and Communication Studies. McGill University. Montreal, Canada. February 20, 2020.

“The Performance Art Syllabus.” Performing Missing Narratives: Representation, Diversity, and Museums. Colloquium convened by Cheryl Finley and Dorothy Moss. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA. November 20-21, 2019.

Newhouse Center Faculty Series: “Sugar makes me cry”: María Magdalena Campos-Pons and the Performance of Bittersweet Histories. September 23, 2019.

Summer/Fall 2019

“The Performance Art Syllabus.” Performing Missing Narratives: Representation, Diversity, and Museums. Colloquium convened by Cheryl Finley and Dorothy Moss. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA. November 20-21, 2019.

Telling Black Histories @ the MFA Boston

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7-8pm | Remis Auditorium

September 20-22: “Habla LAMADRE: María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Carrie Mae Weems, and Black Feminist Performance.” Edgar P. Richardson Symposium:”New Perspectives on Portraiture.” Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. 

Spring 2018

April 13: “Shine: ‘Speaking Things of Blackness'” Like Life: Sculpture, Color and the Body (1300-Now) Symposium. Panelist. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. (Video recording of paper @ min. 24)

Nikki A. Greene delivering her paper: “Shine: ‘Speaking Things of Blackness'” (@ min 24)
Like Life Symposium. Metropolitan Museum of Art. April 13, 2018.

Like Life explores narratives of sculpture in which artists have sought to replicate the literal, living presence of the human body. On view exclusively at The Met Breuer, this major international loan exhibition of about 120 works will draw on The Met’s rich collections of European sculpture and modern and contemporary art, while also featuring a selection of important works from national and international museums and private collections.

The symposium will take place from 10:30am to 6:30pm in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of The Met Fifth Avenue.

April 5: 29th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium. Opening Keynote Lecture. “Freedom / Expression / Abstraction.” Howard University, Washington, DC.

The 2018 Porter Colloquium, titled “Abstraction: Form, Philosophy, & Innovation,” will explore topics related to the history of abstraction in art across the African diaspora. It will offer a platform for new scholarship and artistic perspectives on abstract art by African American and African diasporic artists.

This colloquium will trace the progression and aesthetic influence of African art to figurative and non-objective abstraction. Another significant goal of the event is to investigate how artists use abstraction in terms design, innovation, and the introduction of new epistemologies by way of visual culture.

March 27Present Tense with Carrie Mae Weems. Introduction of Carrie Mae Weems. Express Newark, Newark, NJ.

The L+M Lecture Series brings to Express Newark prominent thinkers in the world of the public arts and humanities to reflect on the foundations and aims of our practice. Deeply rooted in our city and looking out to the nation and the world, and firmly grounded in notions of place and social justice, its goal is to bring the arts and humanities to bear on contemporary life in Newark and beyond.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and the opening of Deborah Willis’s solo exhibition, In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond, organized by Shine Portrait Studio Curator-in-Residence Kalia Brooks Nelson, PhD.

March 22-24: Black Portraiture{s} IV: The Color of Science. “Fear in Transition Magazine.” Moderator. The Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute, The Hutchins Center at 2:45 p.m. The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University.

The Hutchins Center’s Transition magazine and the Kenya-based Jalada, a pan-African writers’ collective, joined forces to present a special issue on the theme of Fear. Artists Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Helina MetaferiaSteve Locke and Enzo Surin Silon will discuss their multimedia works as included in the “Fear” issue of Transition #123/Jalada #5.

March 9: African Women’s Leadership Conference. Moderator. Reflections on “Creating Movement: African Women’s Bodies in the American Theater” by Mfoniso Udofia, Wellesley College ’06, Storyteller and Educator. Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.

The African Women’s Leadership Conference at Wellesley College was a first-of-its-kind convening of some of the most influential voices in African women’s leadership—from education and politics, health and technology, entertainment and the law.

Fall 2017

Representation and Responsibility in Creative Spaces.” Invited panelist. Moderated by Khalil Muhammad. Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. September 2017.

“African Diasporic In/Site: Afrofuturism’s Shine.” Invited Lecturer. Department of University of Nebraska, Omaha, Omaha, NE. September 2017.

Winter/Spring 2017

March 19-20: “’Speaking Things of Blackness’: Funk and Art History.” Black / Art / Futures: African Diasporic Art Histories Symposium. Department of African American Studies & Department of History of Art. University of California, Berkeley.

March 9 @ 6:30 p.m.: A talk in conjunction with the exhibition Dark Humor: Joyce J. Scott and Peter Williams. Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Towson, MD.

Thursday, February 16 @ 3:30-5:00 p.m. “Vibrations of the Soul: Moe Brooker and the Influence of Wassily Kandinsky.” Association for Critical Race in Art History (ACRAH) Panel: “Riff: Black Artists and the European Canon.” College Art Association Conference. Trianon Ballroom, 3rd floor, Hilton Midtown, New York, NY.

Monday, January 9: “Beyond Mona Lisa Smile: Art, Race, and Social Media.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation Speaker. Dana Hall School. Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Fall 2016

Friday, December 16 @ 7:30 p.m.: Basic Black on WGBH, Live on WGBH Channel 2 and online at www.wgbh.org/basicblacklive to discuss African-American Art with host Callie Crossley, and artists Robert Freeman, Napoleon Jones, and Ekua Holmes.

November 17-19, 2016: “Azúcar negra: The Sugar Works of María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Kara Walker.” Black Portraiture{s} III: Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures. Johannesburg, South Africa.

November 6: “Sundays at the Gallery: In Conversation with Nikki A. Greene.” Carrie Mae Weems: I Once Knew a Girl… The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery. Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. November 2016.

November 2: “Link Community Charter School: Pursuing Dreams Despite All Odds.” A Taste of Newark, Link Community Charter School. Alumni Speaker.

November 2: “’The Flow of Is’: Of Funk and Art History.” Fellows Colloquium Series. W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute. Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.


Winter/Spring 2016

April 14“Concerning the Spiritual in Art: The Substance of Abstraction.” Tang Museum. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.

February 20: “Radcliffe Bailey: Now What the Funk?” Black Portraitures II: Revisited. 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. NYU’s School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Tishman Auditorium. 40 Washington Square South, New York.


February 3-6: LIVE (at the Guggenheim): Carrie Mae Weems, María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Black Feminist Performance.” Panel: “Performance Art as Portraiture.” College Art Association Conference, Washington, DC.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons performing “Habla LAMADRE” at the Guggenheim Museum. April 2014. Photo by Nikki A. Greene.

Spring 2015

May 28-30: “Facing the Music: Radcliffe Bailey, Sun Ra, and the African Diasporic Body,” Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging “Ornamental Blackness” in History Conference. Villa La Pietra, New York University, Florence, Italy.

April 11: THIRD EXPOSURE ~ The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Seminar’s 3rd Annual Symposium. Featuring Coco Fusco as the keynote speaker. Collins Cinema, Wellesley College. See our Facebook Event page and follow us on Twitter @raceandvisual for more details.

February 18: “Hear/Say in the Works of Radcliffe Bailey,” Davis Museum Salon Series. Davis Museum, Wellesley College, 12:30 p.m.

Sugar sculpture from Kara Walker’s A Subtlety. July 2014. Photo by Nikki A. Greene.

February 11: “Azúcar negra: Digesting Kara Walker’s A Subtlety.” The Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT: FEMINISMS UNBOUND – The Dark Room: Race and Gender in the Visual Archive Roundtable. The Moore Room, Building 6 Room 321, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Summer 2014  August 18: “The Feminist Funk Power of Betty Davis and Renée Stout,” with translated text by Daniel Rivera and Tomás Rivas. Galería Macchina. Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile.

June 6: “Funk and Feminism: An Art Historical Perspective.” Wellesley College Reunion, Jewett 450, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Winter 2014

February 19, 2014: “The Substance of Abstraction in African American Art.” Boston University Art Gallery, in conjunction with the exhibition Making Connections: The Art and Life of Herbert Gentry.

February 12, 2014: “Between Worlds: Black Feminists Artists in the African Diaspora” (on Adrian Piper, Renée Stout, and Sokari Douglas Camp). Lecture for “Africa Week” at Wellesley College. Wellesley African Students Association. Harambee House at 12:30 p.m.

Fall 2013

November 23, 2013: “‘Don’t Call Her No Tramp’: The Feminist Funk Power of Betty Davis & Renée Stout.” American Studies Association Conference. Panel: American Studies Journal: “Groove Thang: Funk, Feminism, and Afro Beat.” Washington, DC. 

November 21, 2013: “Between Worlds: Black Feminists Artists in the African Diaspora” (on Adrian Piper, Renée Stout, and María Magdalena Campos-Pons). Smithsonian American Art Museum, Brown Bag Lecture on Art and Black Feminism. Washington, DC.

Spring 2013

April 9, 2013: “What the FUNK?…And Other Questions about Art, Music, and Blackness.” Africana Studies Colloquium. Clapp Library, Library Lecture Room, 4:15 p.m. Wellesley College.

February 2013: “Romare Bearden, Jazz, and Postmodern Invisibility.” Invited Panelist. Jazz: A Dialogue in the Performance and Visual ArtsPanel: “Influence of Jazz on the Visual Arts.” David C. Driskell Center. University of Maryland.

Originally scheduled for February 2013. Symposium canceled. Dry run given at the Newhouse Center Thursday Lunch on February 7.

January 2013: Course: “African Art & the Diaspora.” Alle School of Fine Art & Design, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Want to hear more about my research and musings? If you are interested in contacting me for a speaking engagement, please email me ngreene@wellesley.edu.

Nikki A. Greene, “Radcliffe Bailey’s Soundscapes,” presented at Wellesley College for the Davis Museum, March 2012.


2012 Events 

February 6, 2012: The Newhouse Center for the Humanities. Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA.”The Feminist FUNK Power of Betty Davis.” Salon Series, Spring 2012.

March 24, 2012: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Philadelphia, PA.“To The Glory of God (TTGF): Moe Brooker’s Painted Faith.” Co-Chair and Presenter. Faith, Identity, and History: Representations of Christianity in Modern and Contemporary African American Art. A Symposium. The Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art.


March 29-30, 2012: The Open University. Milton Keynes, U.K. “Riffing the Index: Romare Bearden and the Hand of Jazz.” Panel: Permeable Boundaries: Music and the Visual Arts. 38th Annual Association of Art Historians Conference.

April 18, 2012 at 6 p.m.: The Collins Cinema. The Davis Museum. Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA. “Radcliffe Bailey’s Soundscapes.” In conjunction with the exhibition Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine at the Davis Museum. See the YouTube video of my talk above: Radcliffe Bailey’s Soundscapes

For the full schedule of events at the Davis Museum for this exhibition, see the press release: Radcliffe Bailey at the Davis

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