African Diaspora Art
Professor Eddie Chambers joined the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, teaching African Diaspora art history. His education includes a Fine Art (Honours) degree from Sunderland Polytechnic (1983) and in 1998 a Ph.D. in History of Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, awarded for his thesis ‘Black Visual Arts Activity in England Between 1981–1986: Press and Public Responses’.
Since the early 1980s he has been involved in organizing and curating a considerable number of artists’ exhibitions. In addition to his exhibition work, he has written extensively about the work of artists in the United Kingdom and other countries, including Australia, Jamaica and the US. His articles and other texts have been published in magazines and journals such as Third Text (London) and Art Papers (Atlanta). He was for nearly two decades a regular contributor to Art Monthly (London). A collection of his articles and essays, titled Run Through the Jungle was published by the Institute of International Visual Arts (London) as part of its ‘Annotations’ series in 1999. His book Things Done Change: The Cultural Politics of Recent Black Artists in Britain was published by Rodopi Editions, Amsterdam and New York, 2012, as part of its Cross/Cultures —Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English series.
He recently edited the Routledge Companion to African American Art History published at the end of 2019. In 2016, I. B. Tauris published his book Roots & Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain, a study of Black Britons’ cultural identity formations. He was the author of Black Artists in British Art: A History Since the 1950s, published in 2014 by I. B. Tauris. For the academic year 2013/2014 he was Inaugural Curatorial Fellow at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, in which capacity he curated Art History: Selections from the Green–Christian Collection, at the Visual Arts Center, January 31 – March 8 2014. The Collecting Art History symposium, held on February 22 2014, was organized as part of this exhibition.