Leon Wainwright

Title: 
Reader in Art History
Institution: 
Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
Address: 
Manchester Metropolitan Museum Righton Building, Cavendish Street Manchester M156BG
E-mail: 
L.Wainwright@mmu.ac.uk
Telephone: 
+44(0)1612471939
Alternative Telephone: 
+44(0)7790036285

Dr Leon Wainwright is Reader in History of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is a graduate of the School of World Art Studies and Museology (University of East Anglia), and holds postgraduate and research degrees in Archaeology and the History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London). His work as an art historian has demanded attention across a range of fields and disciplines, institutions and cultures. It engages with the theoretical, curatorial and educational aspects of art history as a discipline, and a radical line of research frameworks and approaches. His current research focuses on the ways in which artists and curators in the Anglophone Caribbean and its diaspora contribute to the formation of transnational community, or seek alternative ways to understand themselves and their art practices. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Third Text (Taylor and Francis) and has held visiting fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley and the Yale Center for British Art. Alongside numerous scholarly articles, he is the author of ‘Timed Out: Art and the Transnational Caribbean’ (Manchester University Press, 2011) and co-editor, with Charles Harrison and Paul Wood, of the forthcoming volume ‘Art in Theory: An Anthology of Changing Ideas’ (Wiley Blackwell, 2012).

 

Research Interests: 

The study of modern and contemporary art in the Caribbean and its diaspora in Europe; the period of the end of Empire; and transatlantic networks and movements. The relationship between art history and other disciplines, including anthropology, art practice, museum curating, cultural policy studies, arts organising and the public understanding of art.

 

Publications: 

‘Aubrey Williams and the Aftermath of Painting’, Wasafiri, vol. 24, no. 3, 2009, 65-79. ISSN: 0269-0055

‘On Being Unique: World Art and its British Institutions’, Visual Culture in Britain, vol. 10, no. 1, 2009, pp. 87-101. ISSN: 1471-4787

‘New Provincialisms: Curating Art of the African Diaspora’, Radical History Review, no. 103, Winter 2009, pp. 203-213. ISSN: 0163-6545

‘Mutual Ground: Post-Empire Canons of Art in Britain and the Caribbean’ in Barbara Lalla and Jennifer Rahim eds. 2009 Beyond Borders: Cross-Culturalism and the Caribbean Canon Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, pp. 116-148. ISBN: 9789766402167

‘Frank Bowling and the Appetite for British Pop’, Third Text, no. 91, March 2008, pp. 195-208. ISSN: 0952-8822

‘Solving Caribbean Mysteries: Art, Embodiment and an Eye for the Tropics’, Small Axe, no. 25, March 2008, pp. 133-144. ISSN: 0799-0537

‘“Indian Art” in Trinidad? Ethnicity at Material Limits’, Creative Communications, vol. 2, nos. 1&2, 2007: pp. 163-188. ISSN: 0973-2586

‘Aubrey Williams’s Art of Transnationalism: Entwining Histories at the End of Empire’, The Arts Journal (Guyana), vol. 2, no. 2, March 2006, pp 116-139. ISSN: 1728-7723

‘Back to Black: Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary’, Third Text, no. 76, 2006, pp 115-125. ISSN: 0952-8822.

‘Art and Inclusion at Jamaica’s National Gallery: The 2004 National Biennial’, Jamaica Journal, vol. 29, nos. 1/2, June-October 2005, pp 18-25. ISSN: 0021-4124.

The study of modern and contemporary art in the Caribbean and its diaspora in Europe; the period of the end of Empire; and transatlantic networks and movements. The relationship between art history and other disciplines, including anthropology, art practice, museum curating, cultural policy studies, arts organising and the public understanding of art.

 

Project Title: 
CIM