Nell Painter

Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita
Ph.D, History
Harvard University
Nell Painter

Professor Nell Irvin Painter is a leading historian of the United States. She os the Edwards Professor of American History Emerita at Princeton University. She was the director of Princeton's Program in African American Studies from 1997 to 2000. In addition to her doctorate in history from Harvard University, she has received honorary doctorates from Wesleyan University, Dartmouth College, State University of New York-New Paltz and Yale University. Professor Painter has published numerous books, articles, reviews and other essays. Her most recent books are Standing at Armageddon: A Grassroots History of the Progressive Era, The History of White People, Creating Black Americans and Southern History Across the Color Line. Many other earlier books are also still in print.  


AAS 347 / VIS 337
Art School at African American Studies: Process, Discourse, Infrastructure

Combining actual making with art criticism and an examination of the circulation of contemporary art, particularly the of work of black artists, this seminar is structured around fundamental art concepts such as line, color, illustration, abstraction, multiples, beauty, and meaning. Given the historical centrality in African American art of representations of black bodies, the course pays special attention to figuration and portraiture. Its aim is not to make skilled artists, but to provide a materials-based, tactile experience of art making and its evaluation.