Visual Culture

51BezhXUsiL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_“Urban Geishas: Reading Race and Gender in iROZEALb’s Paintings.” Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production: Two Haiku and a Microphone. Ed. William H. Bridges IV and Nina Cornyetz. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015. 31-44.

“iROZEALb’s use of Japanese visual elements envisions a mode of transculturation involving African American and Japanese cultures with a variety of outcomes.iROZEALb’s blackface paintings use gender and Afro-Japanese dynamics to challenge blackface minstrelsy, and its cultural misappropriation, as the only way to read cross-cultural exchange.iROZEALb’s prints in the a3. . . black on both sides catalog uses elements of Japanese culture to extend agency for contemporary women and critique African American culture. Her non-blackface images in the collection use a subtle Japanese aesthetic to envision substantial Afro-Japanese exchange. In doing so,iROZEALb continues a tradition of cultural and intellectual exchange between American blacks and the Japanese that promotes a black transnational culture.”


Other Publications

Anderson, Crystal S. “The Afro-Asiatic Floating World: Post-Soul Implications of the Art of iona rozeal brown.”  African American Review 41.4 (2007): 655-666.


“Urban Geishas: Reading Race and Gender in iona rozeal brown’s Paintings.” Paper presented at Between African American and Japanese: Traveling Texts Symposium, New York University, October, 2013.

“Chinese School: Cross-Cultural and Transnational Strategies in Ping Pong Playa (2007).”  Paper presented at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Austin, TX, 2010.

“Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist.”  Gallery talk at Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, October, 2007.

“Using an Orientalist Lens?: The Harlem Renaissance Photography of James Van Der Zee.”  Paper presented at the Harlem Renaissance:  Aesthetics, Values, Identity – The 23rd Annual Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy, Purdue University 2007.

“Happily Ever After:  Asian/America in Tsui Hark’s Once Upon A Time in China.” Paper presented at the Comparative Literature Symposium on America’s Asia, Asia’s America, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 2007.

“What Are You Looking At?”:  Mirrors as Reflectors of Race in the Art of Roger Shimomura and iona rozeal brown.”  Paper presented at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2006.

“The New Color Line:  Black Authenticity and Transnational Context in African American Art.”  Paper presented at Blacker Than Thou:  Authenticity and Identity – The 22nd Annual Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy Conference, Purdue University. Lafayette, IN, 2006.

“The Cost of Liberty is Less than the Price of Repression: The Historical and Cultural Context of Jacob Lawrence’s John Brown Series.”  Gallery talk at the Holt/Russell Gallery, Baker University, June, 2006.