Adrienne L. Childs, Ph.D
Education

Ph.D                 Art History, University of Maryland, May 2005

Dissertation: The Black Exotic: Tradition and Ethnography in Nineteenth-Century

Orientalist Art. Minor field: 20th Century African American Art

 

M.A.              Art History, University of Maryland, May 1999

Thesis: Serving Exoticism: The Black Female in French Exotic Imagery 1733-1885

 

M.B.A.          General Business Administration, Howard University, May 1985

 

B.A.               Art History, Georgetown University, Cum Laude, August 1982

Current Projects and Positions

 

Book in progress: Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts

 

Curator,  Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, February - May, 2020

Research Fellow, Lunder Institute for American Art, Colby College, 2019-2020

Co-Curator, Black Baroque: The Exuberant Body in Contemporary Art, Exhibition concept in development

 

Exhibitions Curated
 

Adrienne L. Childs with Moorish Bath, Jean Léon Gérôme. Opening reception of The Black Figure in the European Imaginary. Cornell Fine Arts Musem, Januray, 2017

  • Co-Curator, The Black Figure in the European Imaginary, The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, January - May 2017

  • Co-Curator, Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue: From the Collections of William H. and Camille O. Cosby and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Fall 2014

  • Co-Curator, African American Art since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center, The David C. Driskell Center

  • Co-Curator, Creative Spirit: The Arts of David C. Driskell, The David C. Driskell Center, Fall, 2011

  • Co-Curator, Abstract Relations, The University of Delaware University Museums, Spring, 2010

  • Curator, Her Story: Margo Humphrey Lithographs and Works on Paper, The David C. Driskell Center

  • Spring 2010 Curator, Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art, The David C. Driskell Center, Spring, 2009

  • Curator, Arabesque: The Art of Stephanie E. Pogue, The David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, Fall 2008

  • Curator, Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell, The David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, Fall, 2007

  • Curatorial Consultant, Holding our Own: Selections from the Collectors Club of Washington D.C. Inc., University of Maryland University College

  • Curator, Successions: Prints by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland,  2002

  • Curator, Echoes: The Art of David C. Driskell, 1998

  • Assistant Curator, Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, 1998

Fellowships

  • Research Fellow, Lunder Institute for American Art, Colby College, 2019-2020

  • Curatorial Fellow, Clark Art Institute, October, 2019

  • Alisa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Nov/Dec, 2018 

  • Shelia Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, Fall, 2012

  • Getty Library Research Grant, The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, 2012

  • Shelia Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, Fall 2010

  • Fellow, Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Summer 2010

  • Pre-Doctoral Fellow, The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora, 2003-2004

  • Graduate School Fellow, The University of Maryland, College Park, 1996-2003

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