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In a momentous event in the history of African Diaspora visual culture studies, more than 200 scholars, curators, independent writers, artists, photographers and other arts professionals from the African Diaspora are gathering to make presentations at the Black Portraiture[s] II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories conference in Florence Italy, May 28-May 31, 2015. Their audience will include numerous other scholars, museum professionals and artists. The conference is sponsored by New York University in association with the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Among the battalion of thinkers and creators converging on Florence is art historian Adrienne Childs who views the conference in a particularly special way. Her work on the history of the “blackamoor” in decorative arts has taken …
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