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State University of New York at Old Westbury

Catherine Bernard

Dr. Catherine Bernard is Associate Professor of art history at SUNY Old Westbury. She obtained her Doctorat d’Etat from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has written extensively on Diaspora, post-colonial and contemporary art. Her work has been published in African Arts (UCLA); Parkett Magazine; The Art Journal (College Art Association); Documents of Contemporary Art, (WhiteChapel Art Gallery and MIT Press); Nka Journal (Duke and Cornell Universities); Les Carnets du Bal, Paris, and the Blaffer art Museum, Houston.

Her curatorial work includes more than 20 exhibitions and several catalogues on contemporary artists for the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Neuberger Museum of Art; Hunter College Galleries, CUNY; the Katonah Museum of Art; Museo Gurvich, Montevideo, The Wallace Gallery, SUNY Old Westbury and the Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin. Trees Also Speak in 2018, showcased the work of contemporary Native American artists and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Her research focuses on transcultural phenomena and pluri-cultural identities in contemporary art. Recent writing examines the politics of migrations, the displacement of populations and the various entanglements of postcolonial singularities in contemporary film and video.

Catherine Bernard

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