Director - Vera Ingrid Grant
Vera Ingrid Grant is the director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University (2012—present). She most recently curated Harlem: Found Ways (Summer 2017); THE WOVEN ARC (Summer 2016); and the Art of Jazz: NOTES (Spring 2016) at the Cooper Gallery; and The Persuasions of Montford at the Boston Center for the Arts (Spring 2015). Her curatorial approach leverages theories of visual culture to create an immersive exhibition experience charged with object driven dialogues. Grant is a Fulbright Scholar (University of Hamburg, Germany), has an MA in Modern European History from Stanford University, and was a fellow (2015-16) at the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL). Grant was previously executive director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University (2008-2012); Spring 2012 Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow ("Fused Encounters:" Transnational Race in the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany, 1918–1923); and Associate Director of African and African American Studies, Stanford University (2001-2007). Recent publications include: Harlem: Found Ways – Mobilizing Aesthetics (Summer 2017; The Cooper Gallery Catalogs, distributed by HUP); Art of Jazz: FORM/PERFORMANCE/NOTES as editor; and author of: “An UNEXPECTED TRIO ENSEMBLE” and “On NOTES: A CONVERSATION” (Spring 2017; The Cooper Gallery Catalogs, distributed by HUP); Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy, as editor; and author of: “E2: Extraction/Exhibition Dynamics” (January 2015; The Cooper Gallery Catalogs, distributed by HUP); “Visual Culture and the Occupation of the Rhineland,” The Image of the Black in Western Art, Vol. 5, The Twentieth Century, (Harvard University Press, February 2014); and “White Shame/Black Agency: Race as a Weapon in Post-World War I Diplomacy” in African Americans in American Foreign Policy, (University of Illinois Press, February 2014); and a review of Tina M. Campt’s Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe published at caa.reviews (2013).