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Erica Moiah James | The Bahamas

Erica Moiah James
Art historian
The Bahamas
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Graduated in  art history from Vassar College, with honours, and from the University of Chicago, USA (1994), Erica James is also a Phd. in Fine Arts at the Duke University of Durham, USA (2008). Her dissertation dealt with « Re-worlding a world,  Caribbean art in the global imaginary », where she supported her research with the study of the works of Belkis Ayón (Cuba), Edouard Duval-Carrié (Haiti), Janine Antoni (The Bahamas)…

In 2010, she received a post-doctoral formation in teaching at the department of art history and archaeology at the Washington University of St. Louis, USA.

She was recipient of fellowships from several institutions such as the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, the Duke University or the International Association of University Women.

She is assistant professor in history of art and African American studies at the Yale University.

Before that, Erica James was the founder, director and chief curator of the NAGB – National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, in 2003. In this framework, she curated the inaugural exhibition of the gallery : 1973-2003 inaugural national exhibition.

Erica James published essays for exhibitions’ catalogues, particularly The Pleasure of Disorientation for the show Focus on the the Global Caribbean Landscape (2009-2012) ; Do You Feel Me ? on Maxwell Taylor (2009) or Testimony on Kendal Hanna (2011).

Her articles were published in magazines such as Small Axe, with the article Speaking in Tongues: Metapictures and the Discourse of Violence in Caribbean art (2012) ; or Next Level with the article Blue Curry: Like Taking Sand to the Beach (2006).