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Alexandra C Moore

Contemporary art, visual culture, colonial history in art, Europe and Africa, art and ecology, postcolonial theory, theories of place and landscape.
Research Interests: 

My areas of study include contemporary art, postcolonial theory, and feminist theory. I am particularly interested in contemporary art practices that connect African and European histories and that interrogate how discourses of race, gender, belonging, and citizenship are constructed and transmitted through built space and representations of territory.

Selected Publications: 

All le moto a ces droits: Notes on Hervé Youmbi’s Translation of the Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme (DUDH), Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal, no. 2 (2019): 213-25.

"Arts and Politics of African Urban Space: An Annotated Syllabus." Africa Today 65, no. 4 (2019): 181-97. 

"The Book Lovers: Artist Novels of David Maroto, Julia Weist, and Jill Magid," The Paris Review Daily, 2013

"Wildcats and Meadowlarks: Creating in LA," The Paris Review Daily, 2012

Selected Presentations: 

Guest Lecture, "Pan-African Imaginaries," HAVC 10: Introduction to African Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, November 2019.

"Dig, Cut, Measure: Unspectacular Violence in Otobong Nkanga's In Pursuit of Bling." Violentia: Representing Bodies and Violence, AHVA Graduate Symposium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, March 2019.

"Art is Art: Dialogue and Dissent in Justine Gaga and Beate Engl’s Echo.” ACASA Triennial, University of Ghana, Accra, August 2017.

Guest lecture, "Material Memory: Colonial histories in the work of Sammy Baloji, Kapwani Kiwanga, and Steve McQueen." French 195: A Season in the Congo, University of San Francisco, April 2017.

Guest lecture, "Re-marking History: The Belgian Congo in Contemporary Art." French 195: A Season in the Congo, University of San Francisco, October 2016.

"Beyond Captions: Building a Digital Exhibit in Scalar." Digital Exhibit Building Symposium, UCSC, September 2016.

"Reading Nature, Observing Science: Material Practices in the Lick Observatory Archives and Kenneth S. Norris Papers." Poster presentation at the Graduate Research Symposium, UCSC, April 2016.

Teaching Interests: 

Global Contemporary Art, Art & Politics of African Urban Space, Postcolonial & Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Visual Studies.

Honors and Awards: 

2018 Curatorial Fellowship, Institute of the Arts and Sciences

2017 Public Humanities Graduate Student Instructor

2016 NEH Summer Scholar, "Arts of Survival in African Cities"

2016 Graduate Division Dean's Award, Graduate Student Research Symposium

2015, 2016, 2017 Department Travel Grant

2015, 2017 Dean's Excellence Award

2014-2015 HAVC Department Fellowship

2009-2010 Maguire Intercollegiate Teaching Fellowship

Education and Training: 
BA Wesleyan University, Honors
MFA Claremont Graduate University