Lisa Farrington

Lisa Farrington

Lisa Farrington
Chairperson and Professor
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PhD in Art History, The Graduate Center, New York, 1997

M.Phil in Art History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 1996

MA in Art History, American University, Washington, D.C., 1980

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, magna cum laude, Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1978



















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Professor Lisa E. Farrington is the founding Chair of John Jay’s Art & Music Department, as well as an accomplished curator, author, and art historian. In 2010 she won the coveted Creative Capital Writers Award from the Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2007-2008 she was awarded the prestigious William and Camille Cosby Endowed Scholars chair at Atlanta University’s historic black women’s college, Spelman. She has earned numerous academic degrees, including PhD and Master of Philosophy degrees from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, an MA in art history from American University, a BFA (magna cum laude) from Howard University, and an Honors Degree in painting and illustration from New York's School of Art & Design. Dr. Farrington worked for many years at the Museum of Modern Art and, from 1994 to 2007, was senior art historian at Parsons School of Design (the fine arts division of The New School). She specializes in Western and Non-Western Art, Haitian Art and Vodou Culture, African-American Art, Women’s Art, and Race and Gender studies. She has also taught the on-site museum art history course at Parsons Atelier in Paris, France. Dr. Farrington is a Mellon, Magnet, U.S. State Department, and Ford Foundation Fellow, and was a consultant for The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Art History program. She has published ten books and a dozen scholarly essays in the past decade, including two monographs on artist Faith Ringgold, and a 2005 textbook for Oxford University Press entitled Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists, which recently won three major academic literary awards, including the American Library Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing, the American Association of Black Women Historians Annual Book Award, and the Richard Wright/Zora Neale Hurston Foundation nomination for non-fiction. Currently she is writing a history of African American art from the 17th century to the present for Oxford University 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Books (Academic & Fine Arts Presses):

African-American Art: A Visual and Cultural History (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015)

Emma Amos: To Enter the Studio Is a Political Act (Hudson Hills Press, forthcoming)

Common Hope, Common Sorrow: Women Artists of Harlem Renaissance, contributing author (Jackson: University Press, 2012)

Creating Their Own Image: the History of African-American Women Artists (New York: Oxford University, 2005; 2nd ed. 2011)

Robin Holder Retrospective, contributing author (College Park: University of Maryland and San Francisco: Pomegranate, 2009)

Four Decades of Excellence: the Life & Work of Starmanda Bullock, contributing author (Wash., DC: Howard University, 2008)

Timothy Clark, co-author (Pasadena Art Museum & San Francisco: Pomegranate Fine Arts Publishers, 2008)

A Proud Continuum: Eight Decades of Art at Howard University, contributing author (Wash., DC: Howard University, 2005)

The Harlem Renaissance Encyclopedia, contributing author (New York: Routledge, 2004)

Voices in Cloth: Story Quilts (Hattiesburg: University of Southern Mississippi, 2004)

Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: Black Female Body in American Culture, contributing author (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2003)

A Real-World Guide to Academic Publishing (New York: Millennium Fine Arts Publishing, 2006)

Faith Ringgold (San Francisco: Pomegranate Fine Arts Publishers, 2004)

Art on Fire: the Politics of Race and Sex in the Paintings of Faith Ringgold (New York: Millennium Fine Arts Publishing, 1999)

Art by African Americans in the Collection of the NJ State Museum, contributing author (Trenton: NJ State Museum, 1998)

Articles (Peer Reviewed Scholarly Journals):

“Racial Identity in 19th Century African American Art,” Source: Notes in the History of Art  v.31, n.1. 10 pages (Spring 2012)

“Color of Stone: Sculpting the Black Female Subject in 19th Century America,” review, Woman’s Art Journal v.30 n.2 (Fall 2010)

“Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love,” Woman’s Art Journal v.30 n.1, 10 pages (Spring 2009)

 “Bodies in Motion: Emma Amos,” International Review of African-American Art v. 22, n.1, 13 pages (Spring 2007)

“Emma Amos: Art as Legacy,” Woman’s Art Journal v.28, n.1, 10 pages, (Spring/Summer 2007)

“Conceptual Art of African-American Women,” Source: Notes in the History of Art v.24, v.4, 12 pages (Summer: 2005)

“Kara Walker: Slavery, Slavery,” review, Woman’s Art Journal v. 25, n.1 (Spring/Summer: 2004)

“Ellen Gallagher,” review, Woman’s Art Journal v. 25, n.1 (Spring/Summer: 2004)

“Reinventing Herself: the Black Female Nude,” Woman’s Art Journal v. 24, n.2, 10 pages (Fall/Winter: 2003/4) peer reviewed

“The Black Female Body: A Photographic History,” review, Woman’s Art Journal v.24, n.1 (Spring/Summer: 2003)

Articles (Fine Arts Journals & Gallery Catalogue)

“Faith Ringgold,” commissioned essay for the Museum of Modern Art Special Collections Library, 2010

“Emma Amos,” exhibition catalogue essay, Eleanor Flomenhaft Gallery (New York, 2006)

“Faith Ringgold: Aesthetic Innovator” Valentine New York art journal v.2, n.2 (Spring/Summer: 2005)

“African-American Women Artists at Parsons,” RE:D [Regarding Design], Parsons magazine v.22, n.2 (2004)

“Paintings of Gaye Ellington,” exhibition brochure essay, City University of New York, 2001

“Art and Identity: the African-American Aesthetic at The New School,” Parsons Aronson Gallery catalogue essay, 1999)

“Faith Ringgold: The Making of an Artist,” American Visions: the Magazine of Afro-American Culture (Oct/Nov: 1999)

“Non-Western Art in the Advanced Placement Exam,” inThe College Board Teachers Guide (1999)

“Fifty Years of Haitian Art,” exhibition brochure essay (City University of New York, 1995)

“Language of Color: Women's Voices,” exhibition brochure essay (City University of New York, 1994)

“Weathering Prejudice,” Sunday New York Times Magazine, Letter to the Editor, 8/10/1990

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