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Susan Kart

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I joined the Art, Architecture, Design Department and the Africana Studies program at Lehigh University in 2013. I have also taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Smith College, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Vassar College and Columbia University. My research specializations are on the arts of Francophone West and Central Africa from the colonial period to the present.

I began my career directing the research and documentation components of the James J. Ross Archive of African Images 1590 – 1920: A Database of Published Images of African Art (RAAI), hosted by Yale University. This online database greatly improves our access to and understanding of the early documentation of many sculpted objects. I maintain an active interest in both this project and in the study of objects denoted as “historical” within the field of African Art.

My articles have been published in Critical Interventions, Third Text, African Arts, the African Studies Review, Nka, Visual Resources and the Oxford Art Online (Grove Art Online). I was the African art writer for the Stokstad/Cothren Art History textbook 5th, 6th, 7th editions. My book based on my doctoral research, Objets Trouvés: Les Sculptures de Moustapha Dimé au Sénégal et Ailleurs, is published with NEAS in Senegal. The Body in African Art: Contemporary Artists and the Colonial Past (Routledge) will be my first English book, arriving summer 2021.