“Whiteness, Blackness, and the Classical Body in the Work of Emma Amos.”
By Phoebe Wolfskill, Assistant Professor
When: March 12, 2014, 12-1PM
Where: Memorial Hall M39
Emma Amos, Models, 1995, acrylic on linen canvas, photo transfers, and African strip woven borders. My paper explores the subject of black representation and identity and its relationship to whiteness in the work of contemporary artist Emma Amos. Using humor, irony, and unexpected substitutions, Amos comments on the racial and racist workings of canonical Western art history and find a means of speaking back to that history. Not only does she seek to disrupt whiteness as “unmarked, unspecific, universal,” she also questions and challenges the values associated with blackness.