Bridget R. Cooks. A billboard of a quilt in Gee’s Bend, Alabama.
Bridget R. Cooks teaches in the Art History and African American Studies departments at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on African American art and culture, Black visual culture, museum criticism, film, feminist theory, and postcolonial theory.
In 2002 she earned her doctorate in the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester. She has received a number of awards, grants, and fellowships for her work including in 2000 the prestigious Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship in American Art.
Cooks has curated several exhibitions of African American art at the de Saisset Museum and most recently The Art of Richard Mayhew (2009-10) at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora.
Some of her recent published writings can be found in American Studies, Afterimage, Exposure, the International Review of American Art, African American Review, Studies (Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.), Pedagogy, and the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics.
She is looking forward to the publication of her first book entitled Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum (forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press).