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Kim Bobier

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Kim Bobier specializes in modern and contemporary art historical periods. Her work takes a social justice lens while emphasizing critical race studies, Black studies, and intersectional and transnational feminism, surveillance studies, and archives.

She harnesses  these perspectives in her teaching. Many of them also inform her dissertation, “Representing and Refracting the Civil Rights Movement in Late Twentieth-Century Art.” Bobier is the recipient of fellowships from institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, the Mellon Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and the Luce American Council of Learned Societies.

Her writing appears in Afterimage, African Arts Journal, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Journal, International Review of African American Art, Panorama: Association of Historians of American Art, Routledge’s anthology Social Practice Art in Turbulent Times, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on the book project Monitoring and Modeling Citizenship: Racializing Surveillance in Contemporary Art. Her related article on Crystal Z Campbell’s installation Model Citizen: Here I Stand was published in the spring 2024 issue of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s journal. Other recent projects include her work with Marisa Williamson as co-curator of the 2024 exhibition EscapeRoom at the University of Virginia’s Ruffin Gallery and as co-editor of Women & Performance’s special issue “Views from the Larger Somewhere: Race, Vision, and Surveillance.”

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill