Kellie Jones - Wikipedia

Kellie Jones

Kellie Jones (born 1959) is an American art historian and curator. She is a Professor in Art History and Archaeology in African American Studies at Columbia University.[1] She won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2016.[2]

Kellie Jones
AwardsMacArthur Fellow, 2016
Academic background
EducationYale University
Alma materAmherst College
Academic work
DisciplineArt History
InstitutionsColumbia University


Jones is the daughter of poets Hettie Jones and Amiri Baraka. Jones graduated from Amherst College in 1981.[3] She was awarded a Ph.D. by Yale University in 1999.

Her research interests include African Diaspora and African American artists, Latin American and Latino/a artists, and problems in contemporary art and museum theory.[4] Jones has been published in journals such as NKA, Artforum, Flash Art, Atlantica, and Third Text.[4] Jones has worked as a curator for over three decades.[4]

Awards and honorsEdit

Curated exhibitsEdit

Curated and co-curated exhibits:

  • Basquiat. New York: Brooklyn Museum, March 11, 2005 through June 5, 2005.[10] Co-curators include Marc Mayer, Fred Hoffman, Kellie Jones, and Franklin Sirmans.[10]
  • Energy / Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction, 1964-1980. New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2006.
  • Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, October 2, 2011–January 8, 2012; MOMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York, from October 21, 2012–March 11, 2013; and at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA, from July 20-December 1, 2013.[11]
  • Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties. New York: Brooklyn Museum, March 7–July 13, 2014. Co-curated by Teresa A. Carbone and Kellie Jones.[12]


  • Jones, Kellie (2002). Lorna Simpson. London: Phaidon Press. ISBN 0714840386
  • Jones, Kellie (2011). EyeMinded: Living And Writing Contemporary Art. Durham: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0822348733
  • Jones, Kellie (2011). Now Dig This!: Art & Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum. ISBN 978-3791351360
  • Jones, Kellie (2017). South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. Durham: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0822361640


  1. ^ "Kellie Jones - Faculty - Department of Art History and Archaeology - Columbia University". Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  2. ^ a b "Kellie Jones". MacArthur Fellows Program. MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Talk by Kellie Jones '81, Art Historian, Curator and 2016 MacArthur Fellow | Amherst College". Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  4. ^ a b c "Kellie Jones - Faculty - Department of Art History and Archaeology - Columbia University". Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  5. ^ "2005 Prize Winner: Dr. Kellie Jones". 2014-08-21. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  6. ^ "Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program Announces 2013 Grants". Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  7. ^ "Kellie Jones". Terra Foundation for American Art. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  8. ^ Association, College Art (2018-01-25). "CAA Announces 2018 Awards for Distinction Recipients". CAA News | College Art Association. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  9. ^ "2019 Fellows and International Honorary Members with their affiliations at the time of election". Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  10. ^ a b "Brooklyn Museum". Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  11. ^ "Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980 | Now Dig This! digital archive | Hammer Museum". Hammer Museum. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  12. ^ "Brooklyn Museum: Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties". Retrieved 2018-07-09.

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