Christa Clarke

Christa Clarke

Class

CCL Class of 2012

Institution

Newark Museum

Title

Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa

Institution at time of Fellowship

Newark Museum

Mentors

Vishakha Desai, Asia Society and Museum

Jock Reynolds, Yale University Art Gallery

Christa Clarke, a specialist in historic and contemporary African art, is Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa, at the Newark Museum. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland, writing her dissertation on the collecting and display of African art at the Barnes Foundation. Prior to her appointment at Newark in 2002, Clarke served as the Curator of African Art at the Neuberger Museum. She has been a fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Clark Art Institute and held teaching appointments at George Washington University, the Corcoran School of Art, Rutgers University and Purchase College. At Newark, Clarke has organized several exhibitions, including Power Dressing: Men’s Fashion and Prestige in Africa (2005), Another Modernity: Works on Paper by Uche Okeke(2006), and Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art (2008). Her most recent publication, Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display (2010; co-edited with Kathleen Berzock), examines the impact of museum practice on the formation of meaning and public perception of African art. Clarke is currently overseeing a major expansion and reinstallation of the African art galleries at Newark and an accompanying collections catalogue, a project which has received major support from the NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.