Kobena P. Mercer
February - June 2008
Kobena Mercer is reader in art history and diaspora studies in the department of visual culture and media at Middlesex University, having previously held academic positions at New York University, the University of California at Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, and the California Institute for the Arts. He is series editor of Annotating Art’s Histories, co-published by MIT and the Institute of International Visual Arts in London, and titles include Cosmopolitan Modernisms (2006), Discrepant Abstraction (2006), Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures (forthcoming 2007) and Exiles, Diasporas, and Strangers (forthcoming, 2008). His primary Clark project will be “Diaspora Aesthetics: Black Artists and Modernity,” a study offering a historical analysis of black artists within the United States, the Caribbean, and Britain, and an exploration of the visual aesthetics of “double-voicing” within the diasporic experience of modernity.