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Cheryl Finley

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Detail: Aids for the Deaf

Indonesian Clay Dolls

Tapestry by Pieter van Aelst


Detail: Battle between the conquering Mongols and the Muslim population of Iran


Detail: Beyond the Taj


Detail: Eave hanging (ider-ider) with scenes from Butterfly L

japan detail

Detail: Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen


Detail: Le Ventre Legislatif


Detail: El Regreso del Canibal Macrobiotico


Forgotten Dream


Detail: Moche Panel Fragment with Four Figur

sea gods

Detail: Battle of the Sea Gods

The dream and lies of franco

Detail: The Dream and Lie of Franco


Fields in the Month of June

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Cheryl Finley

Associate Professor
Director of Visual Studies

room: Goldwin Smith Hall, GM04

Cheryl Finley

Diaspora Memory Place

From Swing to Soul


Imaging African Art


Ph.D., History of Art and African American Studies, Yale University, 2002
M.A., African American Studies and History of Art, Yale University, 1998
B.A., Spanish, Wellesley College, 1986

Research Interests

African American and African Diaspora art history and visual culture, cultural memory theory, history of photography, the art market, contemporary art, museum studies, art tourism.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Visual Studies
African American Cinema
Contemporary African Diaspora Art
Photography and the Archive
Blaxploitation Film and Photography
The Art Market (classroom and distance learning)
The History of Photography
Exhibiting Cultures: Museums, Monuments, Representation, Display
Black International Visual and Literary Cultures
Black Arts Movement: Art, Literature, Film and Music (classroom and distance learning)
The Museum and the Object
African American Art
Topics in Contemporary Art