Two new books by Phoebe Wolfskill, assistant professor in AAADS, were published in the same week: Archibald Motley, Jr. and Racial Reinvention: The Old Negro in New Negro Art and her edited volume Beholding Christ and Christianity in African American Art.
She authored Archibald Motley, Jr. and Racial Reinvention: The Old Negro in New Negro Art, which examines the painter’s struggle at the crossroads of artistic expression and social progress. It was published by the University of Illinois Press.
Her edited volume, Beholding Christ and Christianity in African American Art, focuses on the work of artists who came to maturity between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Era, and shows how engaging with religious themes has served to express an array of racial, political, and socio-economic concerns for African American artists. It was co-edited by James Romaine and published by Penn State University Press.