MacArthur fellow Kellie Jones is curating black artists’ rightful place in art history

“How are students going to write about works by artists they've never really seen that never come on view?”

Kellie Jones is a curator, an art historian at Columbia University, and, as of last Thursday, one of this year’s 23 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Grant.

The foundation recognized Jones for “deepening our understanding of contemporary art of the African Diaspora and securing its place in the canons of modern and contemporary art.”

Jones, who grew up around...

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