julia elizabeth neal is a visiting lecturer of African American Art History at Georgia State University in Atlanta and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in conceptual and performance-based practices of Black artists. Her scholarship engages the politics of identity, nationhood, and globalism. Her dissertation, “Who Taught You to Think (Like That): Benjamin Patterson’s Conceptual Aesthetic,” explores the Fluxus artist’s transnational career, focusing on his experimental and performance practices in music, humor, and interactive media, as well as his blackness within Fluxus, to build critical study into his praxis. Her dissertation research is supported by the College of Fine Arts at UT Austin, German-American Fulbright Commission, Getty Research Institute, and Terra Foundation for American Art. She has contributed to publications including Texte zur Kunst; Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art; all- over Magazin für Kunst und Ästhetik; and Common Wealth: Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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