Current Fellows

Nikki Greene headshot


Nikki A. Greene is Associate Professor of Art History at Wellesley College and one of the inaugural New England Humanities Consortium’s Faculty of Color Working Group Mellon Fellows. She is being hosted by the Cogut Institute, an NEHC member, during her fellowship year. She serves as an advisor to the ICA Boston for the 59th Venice Biennale, presenting the work of Simone Leigh for the United States Pavilion in 2022. She has written for numerous art museums, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Guggenheim Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. Her forthcoming book, Grime, Glitter, and Glass: The Body and The Sonic in Contemporary Black Art (Duke University Press, 2022), features artists Renée Stout, Radcliffe Bailey, and María Magdalena Campos-Pons. While at the Cogut Institute, she is conducting research for an exhibition that focuses on the multidisciplinary exercises of contemporary female-identified and non-binary artists who share the element of performance as a form of portraiture in ways that center Black feminist theory and practice. The FOCWG Mellon Fellowship supports Dr. Greene’s turn towards curatorial practice by providing the time, resources, and institutional support critical to expanding her public reach and scholarship.