Dr. Kellie Jones, 2016 MacArthur fellow and Curator for over the past three decades is a Professor in Art History and Archaeology at the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. Her research interests include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latinx and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory.*
Dr. Kellie Jones is most known for her award winning book, South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s (2017), which was named a Best Art Book of 2017 in The New York Times, a Best Book of 2017 in Artforum and received the Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award from the American Book Award in 2018.*
In 2011, Dr. Kellie Jones and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles curated an exhibition that chronicled the historic art scene in Los Angeles between 1960-1980s. The exhibition Now Dig This! was presented as part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a new force in the art world. Organized by the Hammer and curated by Columbia University professor Kellie Jones, Now Dig This! chronicled and celebrated this nuanced and multicultural history of Los Angeles.**
To learn more about Dr. Kellie Jones and her upcoming works and research projects please visit her website at www.doctorkelliejones.com .
Find more of Dr. Kellie Jones’s books here.
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