Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Dr. Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University. An art historian, curator, and arts administrator, she specializes in the art of the African Diaspora (including artists engaged with feminist theory and African American cartoonists), American art, curatorial studies, 18th- century British art (with emphasis on William Hogarth’s graphic narratives), and Modern and Contemporary art, including contemporary British art with a focus on British artists of African, Asian and Caribbean descent. She has taught at Duke University, Spelman College and Xavier University of New Orleans.
Beauchamp-Byrd completed a B.A. in Art History and an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration at New York University. She has also earned an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University. In 2011, she completed a Ph.D. in Art History at Duke University in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.
She served as Interim Executive Director at the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (NOAAM) prior to her Visiting Assistant Professor appointment at Duke. From 2008 through 2013, she served as Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art, and Curator of University Art Collections at Xavier University of Louisiana. From 2005 through 2007, she was Assistant Director for Mellon Initiatives in the Research and Academic Program (RAP) at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.
From June 1999 through July of 2001, she was Director and Curator of the Visual Arts Department at the Amistad Research Center, Tulane University in New Orleans, La. In this capacity, she oversaw the development of exhibitions and accompanying public programs of the Center’s extensive collection of 19th and 20th century African American and traditional African art, which includes works by Edward Mitchell Bannister, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, John T. Scott and Henry Ossawa Tanner.
She has had a wealth of experience within the curatorial and administrative departments of numerous cultural institutions including The Caribbean Cultural Center (NY), where she was Curator and Director of Special Projects; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; The Studio Museum in Harlem (NY); the Museum of the City of New York, and The Drawing Center (NY). At The Caribbean Cultural Center, she was curator of the exhibition Transforming the Crown: African, Asian and Caribbean Artists in Britain, 1966-1996, and developed its accompanying public programs and major catalogue (distributed by the University of Chicago Press). The exhibition was on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Caribbean Cultural Center and the Studio Museum in Harlem from October 1997 through March 1998.
Beauchamp-Byrd has served as curator of numerous exhibitions, including Struggle and Serenity: The Visionary Art of Elizabeth Catlett; The Worldview of Katherine Dunham; Transcending Silence: The Life and Poetic Legacy of Audre Lorde; Africa’s Legacy: Photographs from Brazil and Peru by Lorry Salcedo-Mitrani; CUBOP! The Life and Music of Mario Bauza; Petrona Morrison and Veronica Ryan: Sculptural Works; Selections from the Aaron Douglas Collection at the Amistad Research Center; Martin Payton: Twenty Years of Sculpture; When I Am Not Here/Estoy Alla: Photographs by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons; Raised to the Trade: Creole Building Arts of New Orleans; A Celebration of Faith: Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family; John T. Scott: Selections from the Fine Art Collections at Xavier University; Conjuring Women: Gender and Representation in the Fine Art Collections at Xavier University (part of the University’s first Women’s Studies Conference, 2012) and EPaul Julien: A Ten-Year Retrospective.