Introductory Address:

Dr. Elizabeth Harney 

Elizabeth Harney is associate professor of Art History at the University of Toronto. She is the author of In Senghor’s Shadow: Art, Politics, and the Avant-Garde in Senegal, 1960-1995 (Duke 2004) which won the Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award from the African Studies Association (2007). She is also editor of Ethiopian Passages: Contemporary Art from the Diaspora (Philip Wilson/Smithsonian Institution: 2003) and co-editor of Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art (5 Continents Press, 2007). She has published in Art JournalAfrican ArtsNKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and Oxford Art Journal. Professor Harney also serves as Exhibitions Reviews Editor at African Arts and Consulting Editor at NKA. She was the first curator of contemporary arts at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian (1999-2003). Her current research focuses upon contemporary cosmopolitanism, comparative modernisms and the politics of exhibiting.


Keynote Address:

Dr. Julie Crooks

Julie Crooks, Assistant Curator AGO, Photography, received her PhD in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where her research focused on historical photography in Sierra Leone, West Africa and the diaspora. Prior to joining the AGO, she curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions in Toronto, including No Justice, No Peace: From Ferguson to Toronto in February 2017, co-curated with Reese de Guzman (co-organized by the Ryerson Image Centre and BAND). Julie is also the co-curator for the Of Africa project at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, where she was awarded the Rebanks Postdoctoral Fellowship to research the various engagements of Black and African audiences with the ROM’s African Gallery, and the photographic history of Blacks in Canada. Prior to her appointment with the AGO, Crooks participated on advisory groups for the Gallery’s Frum Collection of African Art, and its major 2015 exhibition, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time.