Allison J. Martino

Affiliation: Art Museum
Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow
Art Museum

Allison’s work as a Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art includes supporting various curatorial projects, programming, and educational initiatives for faculty and student involvement with the museum. Prior to joining the Museum, Allison was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies at Bowdoin College. In that position, Allison co-curated with students enrolled in her course, “African Art and Visual Culture,” an exhibition Fashioning Modernity: Art and Independence among Yorùbás in Nigeria (2019), at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Allison’s research focuses on the arts and visual cultures of Africa and the African diaspora. She is especially interested in textiles and clothing in Ghana, as well as photography and contemporary art. Her current project traces the cultural evolution of adinkra cloth from its use in the early nineteenth century as royal dress among Akans of Ghana to its expanding roles today as a global icon of African identity. Fellowships from Fulbright-Hays and the American Council of Learned Societies have supported her research on this project. Allison earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art at the University of Michigan, M.A. in the History of Art at Indiana University, and B.A. in Studio Art at Denison University.

 

Allison J. Martino