Upcoming Events

I will moderate a panel discussion on the publication of the book, Among Others: Blackness at MoMA ,at MoMAPS1 on Sunday, Sept. 8, 3pm.

Selected Presentations

“Mark Bradford: Counterfeit Abstraction,” Duke University, Durham, NC. Apr. 15, 2019.

“Blackness, Modernism, and the Future of the Archive: A Conversation.” Dialogue with Huey Copeland and Erin Gilbert, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Apr. 11, 2019.

“Houston Conwill’s Diasporic Cake Walk,” James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora, Howard University, Washington, DC. Apr. 6, 2019.

“The Legacy of the Artist-Scholar: A Conversation Between Steven Nelson and Richard J. Powell, Howard University/Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Apr. 3, 2019.

Conversation with Glenn Ligon, de la Cruz Art Gallery, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Apr. 1, 2019.

“Diversity Matters: On Access, Knowledge, and the Histories of Art,” Panel presentation: The Mellon Foundation at Fifty: Reflecting Five Decades of Philanthropy in the Academy, College Art Association Annual Conference,  New York. Feb. 15, 2019.

“Visually Reimagining History: A Conversation with Dawoud Bey,” The  Aspen Institute, Washington Ideas Roundtable Series, Washington, DC. Dec. 17, 2018.

“On the Underground Railroad,” Archives of American Art, Smithsonian  Institution, Washington, DC. Dec. 13, 2018.

“The Underground Railroad Imaginary,” Dialogue with Dawoud Bey and Leigh Raiford, moderated by Michelle Grabner. Expo Chicago 2018.

“Learning from Johannesburg: Moshekwa Langa’s Maps of Desire,” Keir Lectures on Art, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Aug. 20, 2018.

“The Politics of Place: Dakar in 1960’s Senegalese Film,” Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. Aug. 17, 2018.

“Post-Soul Gesamtkunstwerk: Julie Mehretu’s Abstract Spectacle,” Keir Lectures on Art, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. Aug. 14, 2018.

“A Conflicted Geography: African American Artists & African Diaspora,” Dialogue with Anne Lafont, École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Terra Foundation, Paris. March 29, 2018.

“María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Mothers and Medium,” Institut national  d’histoire de l’art, Paris. March 20, 2018.

“The Artist as Geographer: On Mark Bradford, Moshekwa Langa,  and Julie Mehretu,” École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris. March 9, 2018.

“Houston Conwill’s Choreographed Black Histories,” Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris. March 6, 2018.

“Art, Architecture, and the Politics of Space,” Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria. Aug. 21, 2017.

“Curating African Architecture,” Àsikò Art School,  Accra, Ghana. Aug. 5, 2017.

Conversation with Betye Saar, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Los Angeles. June 25, 2017.

“African American Art History: Then and Now,” Keynote lecture for the symposium “Black | Art | Futures: African Diasporic Art Histories,” University of California, Berkeley. Mar. 16, 2017.

“Coco Fusco with Steven Nelson,” Distinguished Artist Interview, College  Art Association Annual Conference, New York. Feb. 17, 2017.

Roski Talk: Julie Mehretu + Steven Nelson, The Broad/USC Roski School of Art and Design, Los Angeles. Oct. 13, 2016.

“David Adjaye’s Cosmopolitan Eye,” Comité International d’Histore de l’Art, 34thWorld Congress of Art History. Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. Sept. 18, 2016.

“Structural Adjustment: Mapping, Geography, and the Visual Cultures of Blackness,” Amherst College, Amherst, MA. Mar. 2, 2016.

“‘Seeing’ African Art in the Capital City,” College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC. Feb. 5, 2016.

Conversation with Abigail DeVille, Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University. Apr. 12, 2015.

Panel Participant, The Image of the Black in Western Art, National Gallery,             Washington, DC. Nov. 16, 2014.

“Mapping Blackness in African and Afro-Atlantic Art: A Lecture in Three Parts,” Inaugural Speaker, Richard Cohen Lecture Series on African and African American Art, A Lecture in Three Parts, Harvard University.  Apr. 23-25, 2013.  

“Global Africa: María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Steven Nelson in Conversation,” National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Jan. 7, 2012.

“Remix and Diaspora: New Views of Global Contemporary Art,” Minneapolis  Institute of Arts. Nov. 19, 2011.

Conversation with Sanford Biggers and Helen Molesworthon Biggers’ body of work and his installation at Harvard University, Harvard University Art Museums. Nov. 16, 2009.

Karmen Geï: Sex, the State and Censorship in Dakar,”  Yale University, Mar. 30, 2009.

“Dakar after the Revolution: Djibril Diop Mambety’s Contras’ City and May ’68,” Stanford University. May 27, 2008.

“Present Tense: The Mousgoum Teleuk and Contemporary Self-Fashioning,” Barnard College/Columbia University.  Nov. 28, 2005.

Conversation with Kathleen Cleaver on the Black Panthers and their representation since the 1960s. “Re-Presenting the Black Panthers,” UCLA Hammer Museum. Nov. 8, 2003.

“Site and Symbol:  Framing Cultural Identities in Mousgoum Architecture,” Yale University. Mar. 5, 1998.