Tameca Cole, Locked in a Dark Calm, 2016
Join us for this year's CLAS Reads webinar
The visiting author for CLAS Reads is Nicole R. Fleetwood, who wrote "Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration," a chapter in this year's CLAS Reads book selection, Racism in America.
Racism in America, edited by Annette Gordon-Reed, includes a variety of essays that examine the ways in which African American, Asian American, Latinx and Indigenous peoples have been and continue to be victimized in this country. The perspectives offered in these essays are especially important in that, as Gordon-Reed argues in her introduction, we are living in a “punctuation point” in history that holds the promise of bringing about real social change.
Get to Know Nicole R. Fleetwood
Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood, 2021 MacArthur 'Genius Grant' winner, is a writer, curator, and the inaugural James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. She is the author of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (2020), winner of the National Book Critics Award in Criticism, the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award in art history and the Frank Jewett Mather Award in art criticism. She is also the curator of the exhibition Marking Time at MoMA PS1. Her other books are On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (2015) and Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (2011).
Fleetwood is also co-editor of Aperture magazine’s “Prison Nation” issue, focusing on photography’s role in documenting mass incarceration, and co-curator of Aperture’s touring exhibition of the same name. She has co/curated exhibitions and programs on art and mass incarceration at the Andrew Freedman Home, Aperture Foundation, Cleveland Public Library, Eastern State Penitentiary, MoMA PS1, Mural Arts Philadelphia, the Zimmerli Art Museum, and Worth Rises. Her work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, NYPL’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, ACLS, Whiting Foundation, the Art for Justice Fund, Denniston Hill Residency, Schomburg Center for Scholars-in-Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.