Alexandra M. Thomas

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Joint Studies: African-American Studies and History of Art

Aly Thomas is a PhD candidate in History of Art and African American Studies, with a certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is affiliated with Yale’s Council on African Studies and The European Studies Council. She is the fall 2021 visiting professor of African American art at Fairfield University. Aly is a 2021-2023 curatorial research associate in African art at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum, where she is curating an exhibition. At the Yale Art Gallery, she is a 2021-2022 graduate curatorial intern in modern and contemporary art and a Wurtele Gallery Teacher since 2018.

Her art criticism has appeared in Hyperallergic, Texte Zur Kunst, Contemporary And, Hazine, and more. She has forthcoming catalog essays for “Operation Varsity Blues” at Allouche Gallery in NYC (2021) and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe’s upcoming exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery in Brussels (2021-2022).

Interdisciplinary in nature, Aly’s research interests are: global modern and contemporary art; African and African diaspora visual culture; feminist and queer theory; performance studies; architecture, film, and media. Her dissertation project, tentatively entitled, “In the Hand of Afrekete: Queer Black Feminist Errantry and Global African Art,” explores the mixed media materialisms of late modern artist Mildred Thompson, and contemporary artist Adejoke Tugbiyele.

She is a co-assistant director since 2021 for the Schomburg-Mellon Summer Humanities Institute, where she was a fellow herself in 2017. Aly has worked with various museums and other cultural institutions: Mystic Seaport Museum/Discovering Amistad, Museum of Modern Art, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Rose Art Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum. 

Her up-to-date C.V. can be found here.

“Coding:Braiding:Transmission: On the Aesthetic Life of Dark Sousveillance,” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory (2021). 

Thomas, Alexandra M. “Review of Bloodflowers: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Photography, and the 1980s” African Arts 54, no. 2 (2021): 93-95.

“Dear May Ayim, Dear Audre Lorde, Dear Us,” In Solidarity, Special Issue of Paprika!, Yale School of Architecture/Yale School of Art (2020).