David C. Driskell Center

The Twelfth Annual:
David C. Driskell Distinguished Lecture In The Visual Arts Series

Thursday, April 11, 2013




Bridget R. Cooks, Ph.D is Associate Professor of Art History and African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her scholarship addresses representations of African Americans in visual culture, the history of African American artists, and museum criticism. She curated the critically acclaimed exhibition The Art of Richard Mayhew at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco in 2009.

In 2002 she earned her doctorate in the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester. She has received a number of awards, grants, and fellowships for her work including the prestigious Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship in American Art in 2000.
Cooks has curated several exhibitions of African American art at the de Saisset Museum and most recently The Art of Richard Mayhew (2009-10) at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora.

Some of her recent published writings can be found in American Studies, Afterimage, Exposure, the International Review of American Art, African American Review, Studies (Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.), Pedagogy, and the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics.
She is the recipient of the first Driskell-Porter Book Award for her first book entitled Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum (University of Massachusetts Press).