Alexandra Nickolaou is a doctoral student in the Department of Art History at Indiana University under the advisement of Dr. Bárbaro Martinez-Ruiz. Her research interests highlight cross-cultural interactions in contemporary West African art. This includes issues of materiality, neocolonialism, Othering, the globalization of “modernism” and “modernity,” the African Diaspora, and the interplay of technology and art.
Alexandra received her M.A. from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her thesis on addressing how museums and art history have approached African art history, from studying, displaying, and collecting. She has worked in the curatorial departments at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, where she assisted with several exhibitions, including The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China (Smart Museum of Art, 2020), Down Time: On the Art of Retreat (Smart Museum of Art, 2019) and Ruben & Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love (Detroit Institute of Arts, 2018).
Most recently, Alexandra co-curated Weaving Identities: African Diasporic Arts of the Americas (McCalla School, IU, 2022), an exhibition focusing on artists Faisal Abdu-Allah (DATE), José Bedia (DATE), and Carlos Luna (DATE).