Annotated Bibliography Due!

postcolonialism = a study of the effects of colonialism on cultures and societies, concerned with both how European nations conquered and controlled "Third World" cultures and how these groups have since responded to and resisted those encroachments. Post-colonialism, as both a body of theory and a study of political and cultural change, has gone and continues to go through three broad stages:

  • an initial awareness of the social, psychological, and cultural inferiority
  • enforced by being in a colonized state
    the struggle for ethnic, cultural, and political autonomy
  • a growing awareness of cultural overlap and hybridity
David Hammons, Bliz-aard Sale, 1986.












The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes Interactive Video











Primitivism in 20th Century Art: Affinities of the Modern and the Tribal, MoMA, 1984.
Les Magiciens de la terre (Magicians of the Earth), Pompidou Centre, 1989.











Fred Wilson, Mining the Museum, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Baltimore, 1992.











Adrian Piper, What Will Become of Me, 1985 - ongoing.











"It’s a genetic and social fact that according to the entrenched conventions of racial classification in this country you are probably black.

So if I choose to identify myself as black whereas you do not, that’s not just a special, personal fact about me. It’s a fact about us. It’s our problem to solve. So, how do you propose we solve it? What are you going to do?"

- Adrian Piper
Adrian Piper, Cornered, 1988.











Adrian Piper, Vanilla Dreams, 1986.
Adrian Piper, Vanilla Nightmares #18, 1987.











Adrian Piper, My Calling Card #1, 1986.










David Hammons, Higher Goals, 1986.
David Hammons, Untitled, 2000.











Jimmie Durham, On Loan from the Museum of the American Indian: Types of Arrows, 1985.
James Luna, Artifact Piece, at the San Diego Museum of Man, 1986.











Damian Ortega, Cosmic Thing, 2002.
Margarita Cabrera, Vocho (Yellow), 2004.


LACMA Phantom Sightings












Ruben Ortiz Torres, High and Low Rider at the Getty Center, 2012.