Derek Conrad Murray is an assistant professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Murray is an interdisciplinary theorist specializing in the history, theory and criticism of contemporary art and visual culture. He has contributed to leading magazines and journals of contemporary art and visual culture such as American Art Art in America, Parachute, Art Journal, Third Text, Consumption Markets & Culture, and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (Duke University Press), where he currently serves as Associate Editor. Murray is also currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of Third Text. His book entitled Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Rethinking African-American Identity After Civil Rights will be published by I.B. Tauris (UK) in 2015.
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Image caption: Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X (Version 1) #1, 2000, Vinyl-based paint, silkscreen ink, and gesso on canvas. 96 × 72 in. (243.8 × 182.9 cm).