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Milbourne, Karen

Fellowship Advisor National Museum of African Art staff

Background And Education

Education And Training

Awards And Honors


Selected Publications

  • Article

    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2021. "Peju Alatise." African Arts, 54, (1) 102–107. 2021
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2021. "The Contemporary Art World, Africa, and the Women Who Have Brought About Change." African Arts, 54, (1) 1–5. 2021
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2019. "In Memorium: Mary "Polly" Roberts 1959-2018." African Arts, 52, (3) 9–12. 2019
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2017. "A History Shaped by Futures Past: Art, Artists and the Dialogic Turn at The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art." African Arts, 50, (4) 62–73. 2017
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2014. "African Photography and the Look of (un)Sustainability in the African Landscape." Africa Today, 61, (1) 115–140. 2014
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2013. "African Art in time." The Art Papers, Jan/Feb, (2013) 30–32. 2013
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2013. "Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa." Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, 33 100–110. 2013
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2013. "The Desirable Things Made by a Man: Recent Work by Yinka Shonibare MBE." ARS Magazine, 20 44–55. 2013
    • Okeke, Chika Okeke, Milbourne, Karen E., Clark, Christa, Berns, Marla, Schildkrout, Enid, Farrel, Laurie Anne, and spring, Chris. 2012. "Contemporary African art and the Museum: A roundtable." NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, 31 46–111. 2012
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2008. "Collecting and Projecting Identity: Barotselands Arts in International Arenas." Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, 4, (1) 85–100. 2008
  • Blog Posting

  • Book

    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2019. I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa. Washington, DC: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution. 2019
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2013. Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa. Washington, DC;New York: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution;Monacelli Press. 2013
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2011. Artists in Dialogue 2: Sandile Zulu and Henrique Oliveira [Exhibition catalog] Washington DC: National Museum of African Art. 2011
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2009. Artists in Dialogue: Antonio Ole and Aime Mpane [Exhibition catalog] Washington DC: National Museum of African Art. 2009
  • Chapter

    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2019. "Foreword: Emeka Ogboh and the Visceral Power of Sound." In Emeka Ogboh: Lagos Soundscapes. Nzewi, Ugochukwu Smooth, editor. 9–11. Bielefeld, Germany: Kerber Verlag. 2019
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2019. "Personal Touch: Vital Materialism in the Work of Elias Sime." In Elias Sime: Tightrope. Adler, Tracy L., editor. 63–81. Munich;London;New York: Delmonico Books;Prestel. 2019
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2018. "Theo Eshetu: Anima Mundi." In Arts of Global Africa: The Newark Museum Collection. Clark, Christa J., editor. 348–349. Newark, New Jersey: Newark Museum. 2018
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2017. "African Art and the Anthropocene." In Living in the Anthropocene: Earth in the Age of Humans. Kress, W. John and Stine, Jeffrey K., editors. 113–116. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. 2017
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2013. "King Lewanika's Workshop." In Rethinking the Workshop in African Art. Kasfir, Sidney and Foerster, Till, editors. 233–251. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2013
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2012. "Moonlight and Clapping Hands: Performing the Lozi Cosmos." In African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. Kreamer, Christine Mullen, editor. 283–300. New york: Monacelli Press. 2012
    • Milbourne, Karen E. 2011. "Seduction's Shadows and the "Terrible Beauty" of Recent Works by Yinka Shonibare MBE." In Yinka Shonibare MBE: El futuro del pasado. Zaya, Octavio, editor. 26–43. Madrid: Comunidad de Madrid. 2011