American Academy of Arts & Sciences Announces 2019 Members Including Artist Mark Bradford, Scholar/Curator Kellie Jones, and Poet Elizabeth Alexander

Congratulations to Dr. Jones for being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in a class that includes Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.”

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The Getty to Start a Research Center for African-American Art

The Getty Research Institute recently announced its African-American Art History Initiative, a new program designed to gather and organize African-American art history resources in a centralized manner, and Dr. Jones is proud to serve as a senior consultant on the project. The project is off to a strong start with the Getty Research Institute's acquisition of the papers of Los Angeles-based Betye Saar, a pioneer in assemblage.

For more information about the Getty Research Institute, this initiative and Dr. Jones's role, read more in the New York Times and the Manhattan Mercury.

Betye Saar, pictured in her Los Angeles studio.  Credit: Ashley Walker, via Robert Projects, Los Angeles

Betye Saar, pictured in her Los Angeles studio.
Credit: Ashley Walker, via Robert Projects, Los Angeles