Krista Thompson Professor; Weinberg College Board of Visitors Professor
Krista Thompson 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 (Duke University Press, 2006), Developing Blackness (The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, 2008), and Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (Duke University Press, 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 (D.A.P., 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 American and the African Diaspora, Global Modern and Contemporary
Regional Specialization: African American and the African Diaspora, Latin America and the Caribbean
Regional Interests: African Diaspora Modern and Contemporary Art, Photography, and Visual Culture