Ebonie Pollock

Ebonie Pollock

Arts of African Diaspora (Twentieth Century)
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Ebonie is interested in researching the cultural arts of the early-twentieth century African Diaspora, with particular emphasis on theories of the archive networks of intellectual and artistic collaboration among Black women. She is a Presidential Scholar at Harvard University as well as a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (2021).

Ebonie graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2019, receiving her A.B. in Art History and Archeology with minors in French and Studio Art. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow, she completed an undergraduate honors thesis titled “Suzanne Valadon’s Black Venus: The Representation and Reception of Black Artist Models in Interwar Paris,” which was awarded the Murphy Family Prize for a Distinguished Honors Thesis in Art History and Archeology. The thesis used Suzanne Valadon’s Black Venus series as a locus of inquiry to investigate the limits of the Western archive and its ability, or lack thereof, to accurately reflect the narratives of the diasporic community in the Interwar period. This work, which privileged the use of sources that highlighted the voices and perspectives of Black women, led to a catalogue contribution for the exhibition Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel (2021) organized by the Barnes Foundation.

In between her undergraduate and graduate studies, she held the position of Curatorial Assistant at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami.

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