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Andrea Frohne

Associate Professor of African Art History

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Andrea Frohne

Associate Professor of African Art History

Andrea E. Frohne is Associate Professor of African art history with a joint appointment in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and the School of Art at Ohio University. She is an affiliate faculty of African Studies. Her book manuscript under review for publication is entitled Space, Spirituality, and Memory: The African Burial Ground in New York City. She received a Gilder Lehrman Institute Fellowship at the New-York Historical Society towards final research for the project. She is a co-editor of Postcolonial and Transnational Exchanges: African and Diasporan Literature, Film and the Visual Arts in the 21stCentury (Africa World Press, forthcoming 2013). The book is based on the 37th annual African Literature Association conference, for which Frohne was a co-convener at Ohio University in 2011.

Dr. Frohne guest curated Behind the Mask: African Art from the Ellen Hobbs Collection and the Kennedy Museum of Art at the Kennedy Museum (Ohio University), Feb. – April, 2007 and at the Jules Collins Museum of Art, Auburn University, Feb. – May, 2008. She is currently working on the exhibition Wax and Gold: Contemporary Transnational African Art at the Kennedy Museum of Art, forthcoming January – May 2015.

Key courses Dr. Frohne has taught include West African Arts, Contemporary African Arts, Transnational and Global Theories, TransOceanic Spaces, and Art of African Cinema. Areas of research and teaching lie in traditional and contemporary arts of the African world as well as transnational and global theories, mobilities, diaspora studies and postcolonial theory, African film, studies of space, and politics of art.

Publications include:

“Politics of Narrative at the African Burial Ground in NYC: The Final Monument.” In African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work, eds. Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, forthcoming, 2013.

"Language, Memory, and the Transnational: Art of Wosene Worke Kosrof". In The New African Diaspora: Assessing the Pains and Gains of Exile, eds. Isidore Okpewho and Nkiru Nzegwu. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

“Reclaiming Space: The African Burial Ground in New York City.” In “We Shall Independent Be” African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the United States, eds. Leslie Alexander and Angel Nieves. University of Colorado Press, 2008.

“Representing Jean-Michel Basquiat.” In The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Self-Fashioning, eds., Isidore Okpewho, Carole Boyce Davies, and Ali Mazrui. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.

“Laylah Ali’s Typology Series.” In Beyond Drawing: Constructed Realities, with intro by Petra Kralickova. Columbus, OH: Ohio University Art Galleries, 2008.

Review of Yinka Shonibare in New York City. Nka. Journal of Contemporary African Art. vol. 20, 2008.

Review of exhibition Continuity and Change: Three Generations of Ethiopian Artists at the Harn Museum of Art. Nka. Journal of Contemporary African Art 22 (2008): 194-195.

The Encyclopedia of New York State, 1st ed., s.v. “African Burial Ground”. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005.

“Deconstructing Diversity in African Art.” Catalogue essay for the exhibit African Art: Diversity in Forms at Georgia Southern University Museum, Jan 17-March 27, 2005.

Invited national and local lectures include:

- Keynote Speaker, “Mapping Memory through Urban Politics in NYC: The African Burial Ground” for Denison University Urbanscapes Lecture Series, “The Global City,” 2009.

- Curator’s Talk, “Behind the Mask: Challenges for Exhibiting African Arts” for Behind the Mask: African Art from the Ellen Hobbs Collection and the Kennedy Museum of Art. Auburn University, Auburn, AL, Feb. 2008.

- “An Ethiopian Artist’s Transnational Identity.” The New African Diaspora. Assessing the Pains and Gains of Exile. Symposium by Africana Studies, Binghamton University, 2006.

- “Art, Memory, and Spirituality: The African Burial Ground in New York City.” Cornell University Visual Culture Colloquium, Nov. 2005.

- University-wide lecture, “African Connections: The African Burial Ground in New York City” at Western Illinois University, March 9, 2005.

- “The African Diaspora in China” roundtable for African Studies at Noon at Ohio University, Feb. 2012 with Dr. Adams Bodomo, Professor of Linguistics and Director of African Studies at Hong Kong University and Darcy Holdorf, M.A. candidate in Visual Communication at Ohio University, moderated by Claire Harbage, Vis Com MA student.

- “Yinka Shonibare,” 50 Years Later: The State of 17 African Nations, a week long event at Ohio University celebrating African independence, October 2010.

- “The 2006 & 2010 FIFA World Cup, their Official Prints, and Globalization: Representing Sports in Contemporary African Art.” African Studies @ Noon at Ohio Univ, Feb. 2011.

- “Wosene Worke Kosrof In and Out of Ethiopia: Defining the New African Diaspora through Transnationalism.” Faculty Affiliates Luncheon at Ohio University, Nov. 2006.

Invited artists and art historians to Ohio University were:

Sokari Douglas Camp, Dawit L. Petros, South African Executive Editor of David Krut Publishing Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Chief Justice Albie Sachs (cancelled due to scheduling), Rowland Abiodun, Al Roberts, Joanna Grabski (Denison University), Fred Smith (Kent State), Monica Visona (University of Kentucky), and Cynthia Becker (Boston University).

Educational Background:

Ph.D. History and Theory of Art and Architecture, Binghamton University (State University of New York) M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison B.A. Western Illinois University