Krista Thompson Weinberg College Board of Visitors Professor

Krista Thompson (Ph.D., 2002, Emory University) is the Weinberg College Board of Visitors Professor and Professor in the Department of Art History. She researches and teaches the modern and contemporary art and visual culture of the Africa diaspora, with an emphasis on photography. She is author of An Eye for the Tropics (2006), Developing Blackness (2008), and Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (2015), recipient of the Charles Rufus Morey Award for distinguished book in the history of art from the College Art Association (2016). Thompson is the co-editor (with Claire Tancons) of En Mas': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean (2015) and her articles have appeared in American Art, Art Bulletin, Art Journal,Representations, The Drama Review, and Small Axe. She has received grants and fellowships from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and was awarded the David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art in 2009.

Thompson has curated several exhibitions, including Bahamian Visions: Colonial Photographs of the Bahamas (2003), the National Exhibition (NE3) (2006), Developing Blackness (2008) at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas; An Account of a Voyage to Jamaica with the Unnatural History of That Place, Fred Wilson's reinstallation of the collections of the Institute of Jamaica, 2007); and co-curated En Mas': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean (Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, March 2015 and traveling internationally through 2017).

Thompson is currently working on The Evidence of Things Not Photographed, a book that examines notions of photographic absence and disappearance in colonial and postcolonial Jamaica and Black Light, a manuscript about Tom Lloyd, electronic light, and its archival recovery in African American art.

Program Area: African and the African Diaspora, Contemporary Art, Twentieth-Century Art

Regional Specialization: African American/African Diaspora, Central America and Caribbean, Global Networks/Diasporas/Comparative

Regional Interests: African Diaspora Modern and Contemporary Art, Photography, and Visual Culture

Selected Publications

Krista Thompson, "Introduction," Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.
Krista Thompson and Calire Tancons. Eds. En Mas': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean. Co-editor with Claire Tancons. New York and New Orleans: Independent Curators International and Contemporary Arts Center, 2015.