A specialist in modern and contemporary art in the United States, neal’s research focuses on conceptual and performance-based practices by Black artists engaging politics of identity and (trans)nationalism since the “post-war” era. Her dissertation project, “Who Taught You to Think (Like That): Benjamin Patterson’s Conceptual Aesthetic,” historicizes the artist’s persistent practice of deconstructing sociocultural perceptions and value systems. As a PHD candidate in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, her dissertation is supported by its College of Fine Arts, the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Getty Research Institute, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Neal has contributed to publications including Suzanne Jackson: Five Decades, Texte zur Kunst; Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, among others. She is also the consultant to the Estate of Benjamin Patterson and author of its first medium-specific volume of estate works to be published this fall in Hamburg. This fall, neal will join Spelman College as a visiting professor.
julia elizabeth neal
Metro Atlanta Chapter Membership Chair