Most of the books included in Reading Black Art, the Nasher Museum’s online collection of resources on art, art history and visual culture of the African Diaspora, are available at Duke University Libraries. What’s more, the libraries offer talented, knowledgeable librarians to assist in research.
Heather Martin is a librarian for African and African American Studies and library liaison to the Department of African and African American Studies. Through consultation, instruction and collection building, she engages students and faculty in multidisciplinary research related to sub-Saharan Africa, African American studies and African diaspora studies. Martin has compiled online guides on such topics as African studies and African-American studies that offer links to books, articles, media, primary sources and data.
During the COVID-19 closure, Lee Sorensen, librarian for Visual Studies and Dance at Lilly Library, compiled a guide of exclusively digital sources for students researching various topics.
Sorensen is also the editor of the Dictionary of Art Historians and currently heads a group of Duke students documenting black art historians’ achievement.
Sorensen is available during regular business hours (8 AM to 5 PM).
Reading Black Art: A Bibliography is an online resource that will aid in a better understanding of and engagement with work by Black artists in the Nasher Museum collection. It is a non-exhaustive bibliography on art, art history and visual culture of the African Diaspora. This curated selection presents a wide array of instructive texts and will be updated monthly.