Dr. Eddie Chambers
Art History: African Diaspora Art
Associate Professor Eddie Chambers joined the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, teaching African Diaspora art history. His education includes a Fine Art (Honours) degree from Sunderland Polytechnic (1983) and in 1998 a Ph.D. in History of Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, awarded for his thesis ‘Black Visual Arts Activity in England Between 1981 – 1986: Press and Public Responses’.
Since the early 1980s he has been involved in organizing and curating a considerable number of artists' exhibitions. In addition to his exhibition work, he has written extensively about the work of artists in the United Kingdom and other countries, including Australia, Jamaica and the US. His articles and other texts have been published in magazines and journals such as Third Text (London) and Art Papers (Atlanta). He was for nearly two decades a regular contributor to Art Monthly (London). A collection of his articles and essays, titled ‘Run Through the Jungle’ was published by the Institute of International Visual Arts (London) as part of its ‘Annotations’ series in 1999. His book Things Done Change: The Cultural Politics of Recent Black Artists in Britain was published by Rodopi Editions, Amsterdam and New York, 2012, as part of its Cross/Cultures – Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English series.
His current book project is Black Artists in British Art: A History From 1950 to the Present, to be published in 2014 by I. B. Tauris, London. For the current academic year (2013/2014) he is Inaugural Curatorial Fellow at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, in which capacity he has curated Art History: Selections from the Green-Christian Collection, on view at the Visual Arts Center, January 31 – March 8 2014. The Collecting Art History symposium, to be held on February 22 2014, has been organized as part of this exhibition.