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What this MacArthur winner, an expert in African American art history, plans to do with her grant

What this MacArthur winner, an expert in African American art history, plans to do with her grant

Kellie Jones wants a new desk. That was the first thing the art historian and curator decided she would buy with the grant she will receive as one of 23 MacArthur Fellowship recipients announced Wednesday night.

Jones’ focus has been African American and African diaspora artists, and her goal has been understanding what constitutes modern and contemporary art history. She also has worked with Latino and Latin American artists, and she is passionate about making sure art history reflects the global reality of art.

“My work has explored parts of art history that are unexamined,” Jones said. It has also unearthed artists who have been unknown, underexplored...

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