Adrienne L. Childs is an independent scholar, art historian and curator. She is an associate of the W.E.B DuBois Institute for the Study of African and African American Research at Harvard University. She has written on diverse topics such as Henry O. Tanner in North Africa, Black bodies in Meissen Porcelain, and the prints of David C. Driskell and Margo Humphrey. As curator at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland between 2005 and 2010 she curated many exhibitions including Her Story: Lithographs by Margo Humphrey; Arabesque: The Art of Stephanie Pogue; Creative Spirit: The Art of David C. Driskell and Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art. She is co-editor of The Black Body in European Visual Art of the Long Nineteenth Century: Spectacles of Blackness, forthcoming from Ashgate. Her current project is an exploration of blacks in European decorative arts entitled Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts.
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