The Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Uchenna Itam as Assistant Professor of Art History and Dave McKenzie as Distinguished Lecturer of Studio Art. Dr. Itam is a specialist in modern and contemporary art of the African Diaspora. Dave McKenzie is an internationally recognized artist who works in video, sculpture, performance, and installation.

Dr. Itam comes to Hunter from a position as Predoctoral Fellow for Excellence through Diversity with the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty. Her research project, titled Feeling Visible, examines how politics of identity and issues of representation are negotiated through multisensorial aesthetics in the installation art practices of Janine Antoni, Félix González-Torres, Nadine Robinson, and Wangechi Mutu at the turn of the twenty-first century. Dr. Itam completed the Ph.D. in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin (2021); she holds an M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago (2004) and a B.A. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania (2003).

Dr. Itam has also worked as a curator for over two decades, most recently as Curator of the Henry Luce Foundation African American Collecting Initiative at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. She is also a founding member of the collective INGZ, which has presented exhibitions with artists LaToya Ruby Frazier, TJ Dedeaux-Norris, and Mimi Cherono Ng’ok among others.

Dave McKenzie uses video, sculpture, performance, and installation to explore how public space and the private self are simultaneously alienated, connected, and restricted. At the heart of this practice lies a desire for interactions that lay bare the complications of social rules and obligations with which we navigate personal relationships.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1977, McKenzie received a B.F.A. in printmaking from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2000. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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