Bridget R. Cooks, PhD

Associate Professor of Art History, African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine
Bridget R. Cooks is associate professor of art history and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on African American art and culture, black visual culture, museum criticism, film, and feminist theory. She has worked in museum education at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Oakland Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2002 she earned her doctoral degree in the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester. She has received a number of awards, grants, and fellowships for her work including the prestigious Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship in American Art in 2000. She has also curated several exhibitions of African American art including The Art of Richard Mayhew at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, 2009–10 and Wavelengths: Abstract Selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 2012. Some of her recent writing can be found in American Studies, Afterimage, Exposure, African American Review, Pedagogy, and the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. Cooks is excited about the recent publication of her first book, Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011).