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Research Project

Pan-Africa: Histories, Aesthetics, Politics

2021 – 2024
A Kerry James Marshall sculpture depicting Africa

Kerry James Marshall, Africa Restored (Cheryl As Cleopatra), 2003. Courtesy of the artist.

Key Question

Project Summary

A series of discussions to explore links between Pan-African politics and cultural production will inform the development of a major exhibition opening at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2024.

Research Team

Antawan Byrd

Antawan Byrd

Weinberg Fellow, Northwestern University, Department of Art History

University of Chicago

Antawan I. Byrd specializes in modern and contemporary art of Africa and the African diaspora, with a particular focus on histories of photography, sound, urbanism, and popular culture. Byrd is currently completing his dissertation titled “Interferences: Sound, Technology, and the Politics of...

Adom Getachew

Adom Getachew

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Political Science and the College

University of Chicago

Adom Getachew is Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. She is a political theorist with research interests in the history of political thought, theories of race and empire, and postcolonial political theory. Her work focuses on the...

Matthew Witkovsky

Matthew Witkovsky

Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator of Photography and Media

Art Institute of Chicago

Matthew S. Witkovsky is the Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Photography and Media, and vice president for strategic art initiatives at the Art Institute of Chicago. Highlights among the many exhibitions he’s curated since joining the Art Institute in 2009 include Revoliutsiia!...

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