Joshua I. Cohen

Assistant Professor, Art History

Main Affiliation

Art

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Art History
  • African Art and Modernism
  • African Modernism

Building

Compton-Goethals Hall

Office

M258A

Phone

212-650-6923

Joshua I. Cohen

Joshua I. Cohen

Profile

Joshua I. Cohen (Ph.D., Columbia University, 2014) is an art historian specializing in 20th-century francophone West Africa, southern Africa, and connections to Europe and the US. His areas of interest include modern African art; discourses of “primitivism,” “renaissance,” and “black art”; nationalist and socialist cultural policies; ballet performance; postcolonial studies; and museum studies.

 

At CCNY he teaches courses in canonical African arts and global modernisms; the Harlem Renaissance; histories of portraiture; postcolonial art and exhibitions; and Introduction to the Visual Arts of the World. In spring 2016 he helped organize Theories and Methods of the "Global'"Modern, a symposium at CCNY.

 

In addition to articles and reviews published in The Art Bulletin, African Arts, The Journal of Black Studies, The Burlington Magazine, and Wasafiri, his monograph on African sculpture and modernism is forthcoming with The University of California Press (July 2020).

 

Publications

 

BOOKS

 

The “Black Art” Renaissance: African Sculpture and Modernism across Continents. Oakland: University of California Press, forthcoming.

 

The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives in Photographic Portraiture from Africa. New York; Munich: Wallach Art Gallery; Hirmer, 2016; with Sandrine Colard and Giulia Paoletti.

 

 

 

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

"Harlem and Abroad: Notes to an International ‘Renaissance.’” Wasafiri 34 no. 3, issue 99 (September 2019): 37-48.

 

“Locating Senghor’s École de Dakar: International and Transnational Dimensions to Senegalese Modern Art, c 1959-1980.” African Arts 51, no. 3 (Autumn 2018): 10-25.

 

 “Fauve Masks: Rethinking Modern 'Primitivist' Uses of African and Oceanic Art, 1905-8.” The Art Bulletin 99, no. 2 (June 2017): 136-65.

 

 “Stages in Transition: Les Ballets Africains and Independence, 1959 to 1960,” Journal of Black Studies 43, no. 1 (January 2012): 11-48.

 

 

 

BOOK CHAPTERS AND CATALOGUE ESSAYS

 

 “Derain et l’« art primitif » ,” trans. Jean-François Cornu, in André Derain, 1904-1914. La décennie radicale, ed. Cécile Debray, 129-133. Paris: Éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2017.

 

 “Un équiblibre décisif entre l’« éternel » et le moderne,” trans. Jean-François Cornu, in André Derain, 1904-1914. La décennie radicale, ed. Cécile Debray, 91-92. Paris: Éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2017.

 

“Introduction: Portraiture beyond (Self-)Representation.” In The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives in Photographic Portraiture from Africa, 15-31; with Sandrine Colard and Giulia Paoletti. New York; Munich: Wallach Art Gallery, Hirmer Verlag, 2016.

 

“Interrogating the Portrait in Mohamed Camara’s Photography,” in The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives in Photographic Portraiture from Africa, 59-79. New York; Munich: Wallach Art Gallery, Hirmer Verlag, 2016.

 

The Play: Reassembling African Arts in the West,” in Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions, ed. Shelley Butler and Erica Lehrer, 127-140. Montreal; Kingston, Ont.: McGill-Queens University Press, 2016.

 

 

 

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

 

“Identity and Abstraction: Ernest Mancoba in London and Paris, 1938-1940.” Post: Notes on Modern & Contemporary Art Around the Globe. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2018.

 

“Interroger le portrait dans la photographie de Mohamed Camara,” trans. Clara Pacquet, in Photographie et oralité. Dialogues à Bamako, Dakar et ailleurs, ed. Bärbel Küster and Clara Pacquet, 2017.

 

“Deux masques ivoiriens et La Guitare (1912) de Picasso.” In Actes du colloque: Picasso. Sculptures. Paris: Musée Picasso, 2017.

 

“Souleymane Keita: Traversées.” In Actes du colloque: Avant que la ‘magie’ n’opère : Modernités artistiques en Afrique, ed. Maureen Murphy and Nora Gréani. Paris: Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art; Histoire Culturelle et Sociale de l’Art (HiCSA), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2017.

 

 

 

BOOK AND EXHIBITION REVIEWS

 

“Picasso and primitive art. Paris, Kansas City and Montreal.” The Burlington Magazine CLIX, no. 1376 (November 2017): 944-45.

 

“Book Review: Daniel J. Sherman, French Primitivism and the Ends of Empire, 1945-1975 (University of Chicago Press, 2011),” African Arts 46, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 93-94; with Ginger Nolan.

 

“Exhibition Review: VIIes Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie,” African Arts 42, no. 2 (Summer 2009): 88-89.

 

“Exhibition Review: A Cameroon World: Art and Artifacts from the Marshall and Caroline Mount Collection,” African Arts 42, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 102-103.