Art and Archaeology Department
Ph.D, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2004
Chika Okeke-Agulu specializes on classical, modern, and contemporary African art history and theory. He previously taught at The Pennsylvania State University, Emory University , University of Nigeria , Nsukka, and Yaba College of Technology, Lagos . In 2006, he edited the first ever issue of African Arts dedicated to African modernism, and has published articles and reviews in African Arts, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Internationalism, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art South Africa and Glendora Review. He contributed to edited volumes such as Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace, The Nsukka Artists and Contemporary Nigerian Art, and The Grove Dictionary of Art. Professor Okeke-Agulu is a recipient of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association Outstanding Dissertation triennial award (2007). In 2007, Professor Okeke-Agulu was appointed the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor of Art History at Williams College , and Fellow at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. He is also on the faculty of the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University .
“Venice and Contemporary African Art,” (First Word), African Arts 40:3 (2007), pp. 1, 4-5; “Benin Sculpture in Modern (Nigerian) Art,” in Barbara Plankensteiner (ed.), Benin Kings and Rituals: Court Arts from Nigeria. Ghent: Snoeck Publishers, pp. 263-267; “Politics by other means: Two Egyptian Artists, Gazbia Sirry and Ghada Amer,” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 6:2 (2006), pp. 117-149; “ Nationalism and the Rhetoric of modernism in Nigeria: the Art of Uche Okeke and Demas Nwoko, 1960-1968,” African Arts 39:1 (2006), pp. 26-37, 92-93; “Art History and Globalization,” in James Elkins (ed.), Is Art History Global: The Art Seminar. London : Routledge, pp. 202-207; “Childhood Masking in Umuahia and Umuoji,” in Simon Ottenberg and David A. Binkley (eds.), Playful Performers: African Children’s Masquerades. New Brunswick , NJ : Transaction Books, pp. 159-164.
Recent courses taught:
- (ART 472) Seminar on Igbo and Yoruba Art
- (AAS 411/ART 471) Art, Apartheid and South Africa
- Art and the Lifecycle in Africa
- African Art After WWII