Cooks to Continue Ideas & Images ‘Race in the South’ Series on Feb. 20

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ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (02/04/2014)(readMedia)– Dr. Bridget Cooks will speak at Flagler College as part of the College’s “Ideas and Images” program on Feb. 20.

Cooks, an associate professor of art history and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine, is the author of “Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum” (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011). H

Cooks’ research focuses on African American art and culture, museum criticism, black visual culture, film, and feminist theory. She has worked in museum education at the National Gallery of Art, among other institutions, and has curated several exhibitions of African American art. Cooks has received a number of awards, grants, and fellowships for her work including the prestigious Henry Luce Dissertation Fellowship in American Art in 2000.

Cooks’ lecture, “Portraiture, Politics, and the Documentary Impulse in the Photography of Chris McNair,” will take place at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room of Ponce de Leon Hall, 74 King St., St. Augustine.

“Ideas and Images: Visiting Scholars and Artists Program” features an international composition of artists and authors, introducing a fresh and creative component to the greater St. Augustine community.

Each event is free and open to the public. Call (904) 819-6282 or for more information.

Flagler College is an independent, four-year, comprehensive baccalaureate college located in St. Augustine, Fla. The college offers 29 majors, 34 minors and two pre-professional programs, the largest majors being business, education and communication. Small by intent, Flagler College has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, as well as a satellite campus at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review regularly feature Flagler as a college that offers quality education at a relatively low cost. A Flagler education is less than half the cost of similar private colleges, and competitive with many state universities. A relatively young institution (founded in 1968), Flagler College is also noted for its historic beauty. The centerpiece of the campus is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a grand resort built in 1888 by Henry M. Flagler, industrialist, railroad pioneer and co-founder of Standard Oil. The Ponce has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. For more on Flagler College, visit


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