Dr. Jordana Moore Saggese joins the Department of Art History and Archaeology

Jordana SaggeseThe Department is delighted to announce that Dr. Jordana Moore Saggese will join the Department this coming fall semester. Dr. Saggese, presently Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at the California College of the Arts, will enter the Department as an Associate Professor of American Art. Her work centers on modern and contemporary American visual culture with an emphasis on expressions and theorizations of blackness. Her writing has appeared in Exposure: The Journal of the Society for Photographic Education, The International Review of African-American Art, nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and Art Journal. She has also published work online for Artforum, CAA Reviews, and Khan Academy. Her first book Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art (University of California Press, 2014), which reexamines the painting practice of the often-mythologized 1980s art star Jean-Michel Basquiat, received the PEN Center USA Award for Exceptional First Book in 2015. Dr. Saggese's current book project Game On: The Black Male Boxer in American Art and Culture maps the visual terrain of racial ideology in the United States, paying particular attention to the intersecting discourses of blackness, masculinity, and sport. In July 2018 she will take over the position of Editor-in-Chief for the College Art Association's Art Journal.

Welcome Dr. Saggese!