National Portrait Gallery Announces Director’s Essay Prize Winner for 2022

Founded in 2019, the Director’s Essay Prize fosters leading research in the field of visual biography and American portraiture.

Cerebral Women Art Talks Podcast

Episode 144: A Conversation with Dr. Tiffany E. Barber

Barber discusses her origin story, her current and upcoming projects, and what about the art world concerns her and motivates her.


On Occasion of New Exhibition ‘Alma Thomas: Everything is Beautiful,’ Curators and Scholars Reflect on Lesser-Known Aspects of Artist’s Life and Work

“Everything is Beautiful” is groundbreaking in that it dispels long-standing myths about Thomas’s art career and sheds new light on how she approached beauty and creativity beyond painting. My essay for the exhibition catalog focuses on Thomas’s self-fashioning in relation to her painting practice, a phenomenon largely undiscussed in the scholarly record.

Los Angeles Times

With their newly extended SoFi Stadium exhibition, the Kinseys aim to change the narrative about Black history

When Dr. Tiffany E. Barber, a curator, writer and UCLA professor of African American art, attended the opening of the SoFi Stadium exhibition, she was particularly drawn to the works of such 19th century Black landscape painters as Edward Mitchell Bannister and Grafton Tyler Brown. “At a dinner conversation a few years ago,” she recalled, “a white male writer tried to argue that there was no African American tradition of landscape. The rare works in the Kinsey Collection clearly refute that erroneous notion.”

College Board details new AP African American studies class amid criticism over changes

Barber, the UCLA professor and a member of the development committee that advised the College Board on the framework, said that there were changes from previous drafts relating to many issues, including the Black queer experience and Black feminism, but that those omissions did not come solely as a result of DeSantis’ comments…


Can We Stop Shaming Black Women for Buying Expensive Things?

“Black women are at the bottom of the social hierarchy, whereas luxury is at the top,” Barber tells CafeMom. “There’s a way in which luxury gets situated as this aspiration, and because of Black women’s social positions they are led to believe they can’t access it.”

National Geographic

Can kids wear that? What to know about culturally insensitive costumes

“It’s about not reducing cultures to this narrow representation that you took off a hanger in the store.”

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