Key Jo Lee

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American Art
Art of the African Diaspora
Nineteenth Century Photography and Material Culture

Key Jo Lee is a doctoral candidate in the History of Art and African American Studies departments at Yale University. Her dissertation, entitled Melancholic Materiality: History and the Unhealable Wound in African American Photographic Portraits, 1850-1877, is a study of materiality and meaning in nineteenth century African American photographic portraiture with a foray into contemporary African American artistic practice and contemporary conservation and restoration practices. Her other interests include photo history and theory, American visual and material culture, performance studies, contemporary African American and transnational art, as well as histories of black visual humor. She has also published multiple critical essays on the work of emerging artists and worked as an independent curator.