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Bernier Celeste-Marie. Battleground: African American Art 1985-2015. University of Georgia Press 2022.

“Battleground: African American Art, 1985-2015”

Lectures and Book Signings

  • Friday, May 19, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • East Building, Upper Level - Gallery 404A
  • Talks
  • In-person

Join us in the galleries for a conversation with Celeste-Marie Bernier, author of Battleground: African American Art, 1985-2015. This talk will take place in the first room of Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South, on the Upper Level of the East Building. A book signing will follow at the East Building Shop.

About Battleground and Celeste-Marie Bernier

Celeste-Marie Bernier

Battleground is the first illustrated history of contemporary African American art, offering an in-depth examination of 25 Black artists, discussing their artworks, practices, and philosophies, as expressed in their own words. Through novel archival sources, this volume provides a foundation for an intellectual and cultural history of contemporary African American artists and art movements from 1990 to the present.

Celeste-Marie Bernier is chair of United States and Atlantic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the author, editor, and curator of over 85 books, exhibitions, essays, and digital educational resources. In addition to Battleground: African American Art (1985-2015), her forthcoming books include Douglass Family Lives: The Anna Murray and Frederick Douglass Family Collected Works and Biography: Book 1-6 and The Anna Murray and Frederick Douglass Family Selected Writings: A Reader.

She is the recipient of a UK Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship Award for her current project, Sacrifice is Survival: Black Families Fighting for Freedom in the USA and Canada (1732-1936). She is currently a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University.