Writings on art, racial identity, the history of photography and representation have profoundly influenced my writing. Darby English’s “How to see a work of art in total darkness”, Martin Berger’s “Seeing Through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography”, as well as many of Deborah Willis’s publications have pushed me to think outside narrow readings of art created by the African diaspora and incorporate the sociopolitical climates that the works are being created in. Noting that many of the essays written on BVA reference theorists and critics, we have created an ongoing bibliography which provides readers with not only a way of contextualizing the pieces but also an accessible list of poignant writings on black visual culture.
Berger, Maurice. For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. New Haven: Yale UP, 2010. Print.
Painter, Nell Irvin. The History of White People. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010.
Berger, Martin A. Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography. Berkeley: University of California, 2011. Print.
Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks. New York: Grove, 2008. Print.
Hooks, Bell. Art on My Mind: Visual Politics. New York: New, 1995. Print.
Willis, Deborah. Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present.
New York: W.W. Norton, 2000. Print.
Wilkins, Roger. “White Out.” Mother Jones Nov. 1992: 44-48. Google Books. Web. 12 Jan. 2012.
Beatty, Paul. The White Boy Shuffle a Novel. New York: Picador, 2001. Print.
Thompson, Krista A. An Eye for the Tropics: Tourism, Photography, and Framing the Caribbean Picturesque. Durham: Duke UP, 2006. Print.
Anderson, Benedict R. O’G. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso, 1991. Print.
Dawson, Michael C. Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2001. Print.
Halberstam, Judith. The Queer Art of Failure. Durham: Duke UP, 2011. Print.
Nakamura, Lisa. Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2008. Print.
Gielen, Pascal. The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude: Global Art, Memory and Post-Fordism. Amsterdam: Valiz, 2010. Print.
Raiford, Leigh. Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2011. Print.
Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Crown, 2010. Print.
Young, Harvey. Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2010. Print.
Jones, Kellie, and Hazel V. Carby. Now Dig This!: Art & Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2011. Print.
Cotton, Charlotte, and A. Klein. Words without Pictures. New York: Aperture, 2010. Print.
Touré. Who’s Afraid of Post-blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now. New York: Free, 2011. Print.
Bailey, David A., Ian Baucom, and Sonia Boyce. Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain. Durham: Duke UP, in Collaboration with the Institute of International Visual Arts and the African and Asian Visual Artists’ Archive, 2005. Print.
Rothkopf, Scott, Glenn Ligon, Hilton Als, and Thelma Golden. Glenn Ligon: America. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2011. Print.
Eco, Umberto. On Ugliness. New York: Rizzoli, 2007. Print.
Eco, Umberto, and Alastair McEwen. History of Beauty. New York: Rizzoli, 2004. Print.
Eshun, Kodwo, and Anjalika Sagar. The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective, 1982-1998. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2007. Print.
Walker, Kara, and Filomena Moscatelli. Kara Walker – Bureau of Refugees: [this Publication Follows an Exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., October 20-November 21, 2007]. Milano: Charta, 2008. Print.
Simpson, Lorna, Okwui Enwezor, Helaine Posner, and Hilton Als. Lorna Simpson. New York: Abrams, in Association with the American Federation of Arts, 2006. Print.