Professor Steven Nelson is the director of the UCLA African Studies Center and a Professor of African American Art History at UCLA.
Nelson discussed the works of artists recognized as influential in shaping many aspects of African History and culture. The contributions of figures such as Mark Bradford, Houston Conwill, Moshekwa Langa, and Julie Mehretu were examined as were their impact on how we perceive African ancestry, diaspora and urban spaces.
As an undergrad Nelson was a studio arts major at Yale University and received his PHD from Harvard University. After teaching at Tufts University and Wellesley College Nelson went on to teach at UCLA. Nelson has published books such as, From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture in and out of Africa and, Savages on the Seine: The Mousgoum Dome at the 1931 International Colonial Exposition.
This talk was recorded on March 2nd, 2016, at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.