Suzanne Preston Blier (Ph.D. 1981 Columbia, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University) is an historian of African art and architecture in both the History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies Departments. She also is a member of the  Institute for Quantitative Social Science  She has recently published Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba: Ife History, Power and Identity c.1300. (2015 Cambridge University Press) and with David Bindman is editing The Image of the Black in African and Asian Art (Harvard University Press). A forthcoming volume addresses: Picasso’s Demoiselles: Pornography, Primitivism, and Darwin. Her first book The Anatomy of Architecture: Ontology and Metaphor in Batammaliba Architectural Expression (Cambridge University press; paperback, Chicago University Press, 1987) won the Arnold Rubin Prize. Her second book, African Vodun: Art, Psychology, and Power (1995) received the Charles Rufus Morey Prize. Other books include: African Royal Art: The Majesty of Form (1998), Butabu: Adobe Architecture in West Africa (2004 NY Times, Holiday Selection), and Art of the Senses: Masterpieces from the William and Bertha Teel Collection (Editor 2004).  From 2013-2015 she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association  where she was Vice President for Publications; in 2011 two of her articles were selected for the Centennial Anthology of the journal. She is a past member of the Collège de France International Scientific and StrategicCommittee. (COSS) (2011-2013) and on the Board of the Society of Architectural Historians. Fellowships include: CASVA (Paul Mellon Senior Fellow, the National Gallery of Art), John Simon Guggenheim, the Radcliffe Institute, NEH, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Fulbright Senior Research, Social Science Research Council, ACLS, the Clark Art Institute,  and  the Getty Center for the Study of Art. She is Co-Chair of an Electronic Geo-Spatial Database: Africamap, a site expanding into Worldmap, where she serves as chair of the Faculty Steering Committee. A profile on Blier’s contributions to the field has appeared in the spring 2013 Harvard Graduate School publication, Colloquy essay, “Facing African Art

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