Most of my published writing has focused on 19th- and early 20th-century art and visual culture. I am a specialist in the art of Henri Matisse. While my primary discipline is art history, I focus on what objects and their related texts can tell us about the histories of racial perceptions, imperialism, colonialism and creative resistance. I am equally interested in contemporary art, and often use the ideas and practices of living artists to approach historical questions.
My current curatorial project is Migrating Objects: Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, which opens at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, February 2020.
I teach courses on modern and contemporary art at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.