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James Smalls

Smalls_JamesProfessor and Chair of Visual Arts

Affiliate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Africana Studies

Research focus is 19th-Century Art; race, gender and queer sexuality in the arts of the black diaspora. Curator of exhibition Man, Image, Idea: Photographs of Men from the Mark Rice Collection at UMBC (August-December 2017). Recently published “Freeman Murray and the Art of Social Justice” (2017), “The Visual Life of Black Queer Diaspora” (2017), “Expressive Camouflage: Classicism, Race, and Homoerotic Desire in the Male Nudes of Richmond Barthé” (2018), “Reading Aaron Douglas as Collage and Pastiche” (2018), and “Crazy in Louvre: How Beyoncé and Jay-Z Exploit Western Art” in Frieze Magazine (2018). Author of Homosexuality in Art (2003) and The Homoerotic Photography of Carl Van Vechten (2006).

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