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Vendryes, Margaret

Vendryes, Margaret

Curriculum Vitae
Department Chairperson; Director, Fine Arts Gallery
Professor and Chair
Performing and Fine Arts

Phone: 718-262-3797
Office Location: AC-1A12A

Office Hours  
by appointment   


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Princeton University  Art History  1997 
MA  Tulane University  Art History  1992 
AB  Amherst College  Fine Arts  1984 
Margaret Rose Vendryes entered the faculty of York College and The Graduate Center in 2000. She is the author of Barthé, A Life in Sculpture (2008). Vendryes returned to York College, in 2013, as Distinguished Lecturer in Fine Arts and Director of the York College Fine Arts Gallery after a seven-year absence during which she established a successful studio practice. As a visual artist, Vendryes is best known for her painting series The African Diva Project which merges African masks with commercial images of popular black women soloists. She is currently Chair of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts.

Areas of Expertise

Art Historian, Artist, Curator

Books in Field Of Expertise

Margaret Rose Vendryes. Barthé, A Life in Sculpture. MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. 256.

Margaret Rose Vendryes, etal. Beyond the Blues: Reflections on African America from the Amistad Research Center Fine Arts Collection. LA: New Orleans Museum of Art, 2010. 188.

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Vendryes. "Fo Wilson’s the baartman diaries." International Review of African American Art. Vo. 25, No.3 Spring 2015: 5.

Vendryes. "Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks - MALDITA PARED: Fotografía y Texto de Cuba/New York." International Review of African American Art. 25, No. 3 Spring 2015: 5.

Vendryes. "Post Neo-Black Art." International Review of African American Art. Fall 2011: 9.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Margaret Rose Vendryes. "To Be Real." Art After Stonewall: Sexual Identity and Politics, 1969-89. Exhibition Catalog Essay April 2019: 7.

Courage and Reed. "Becoming Barthé: The Chicago Years, 1924-1930." Roots of the Black Chicago Renaissance. Anthology Fall 2019: 31.

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Vendryes. "Foreward." Creating a Lasting Legacy: The Estate Planning Workbook for Artists. 2018: 3.

Vendryes. "The Ecstasy of Resistance: M. Scott Johnson." Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure/ Afro-Futurism to Afro-Surrealism. 23;4 2015: .

Vendryes. "Young, Gifted, and Black Between the Wars: Richmond Barthé’s Manhattan Years." Sculpture Review. 60(1) March 2011: 9.

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Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Vendryes. "Portrait of the Inimitable Josephine Baker by Richmond Barthé." Tyler Fine Arts. 2021: 13.

Vendryes. "What’s Not in My Book on Barthé." The Tenth Magazine: The Romantics. 5 2018: 15.

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

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"CHOICE" 2000- present: six reviews per year.


Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Black Beauty Matters " 4/7/21: Winterthur/UD Preservation Studies Doctoral Program, University of Delaware.

" Art Talks: Margaret Rose Vendryes " 2/24/21: Department of Art and Art History, University of Mississippi.

" An Art Commentary on Lynching: How a 1935 Exhibition Resonates Today " 2/17/21: Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota.

" What is it About African Divas? " 10/17/20: Masters in Fine Arts Program, University of California, Santa Barbara.

" Standing Ovation: The African Diva Project at JPAC " 1/17/19-3/25/19: Queens Council on the Arts.

" Discovering Africa In Art Deco Design and Beyond " 1/20/19: Wolfsonian Museum/ Miami Design Preservation League/ The Wolfsonian-Florida International University.

" Queens Council on the Arts, Art Producer " 2017: Southeast Queens Performance Art.

" Documenting Difference: Images as Evidence of Queer Identity in the Case of James Richmond Barthé " March 2018: Black Portraiture IV: The Color of Silence, Harvard University.

" “i found god in myself,” 40th Anniversary celebration of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…, " traveling exhibition 2015-2018: New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Newark, NJ.

" The African Diva Project: Intent/Content " April 2017: James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University, Washington, DC.

" Study With the Best: Archiving at CUNY " June 2016: CUNY online.

" TRANScendence: an Exhibition of Emerging, Contemporary African American and Other Underrepresented Artists " June-August 2016: Montclair, NJ.

" The African Diva Project LIVE! " May-July 2016: No Longer Empty - Jameco Exchange.

" Barthé and Me,” artist historian lecture " March 2016: The Studios of Key West, FL.

" Artist Lecture " March 2016: School of Art,The Univeristy of Texas, Rio Grande Valley.

" Richmond Barthé: A Life in Sculpture” Lecture & book signing " December 2015: Detroit Institute of Arts, MI.

" A River Depends on its Tributaries " September - October 2015: Seton Hall University.

" Margaret Rose Vendryes: The African Diva Project " July 2015: Childs Gallery, Boston, MA.

" Art & Soul of the Southeast Queens Community " April 2014 - September 2015: New York City Department of Transportation Art Program.

" “i found god in myself,” 40th Anniversary celebration of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…, " September 2014-January 2015: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

" Margaret Rose Vendryes – The Complete African Diva Project " December 2014-March 2015: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Mississippi.

" Bridging Boundaries: Redefining Diaspora " February - March 2014: Postcrypt Art Gallery, Columbia University.

" I Dreamed My People Were Calling " November 2012-January 2013: Rush Arts Gallery, New York.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

SHIFT Residency, Elizabeth Foundation, NY: 2021.

A Better Jamaica, LinkNYC Commission: 2018.

Queens Council on the Arts, Art Producer: 2017.

CUNY Academy for the Humanities and SciencesTravel Award: 2017.

Distinquished Alumni Award, Association of Black Princeton University Alumni: 2015.

Bombay Sapphire Artisans Series, Boston Regional Finalist: 2011.

Center for the Humanities Mellon Grant, CUNY: 2003-04.

Faculty Publications Program Grant, CUNY: 2003.

Research Foundation of CUNY Grant: 2003-04.

Scholar Incentive Award, CUNY: 2003-04.

American Association of University Women Fellowship: 2003-04.

Anyone Can Fly Foundation Professional Scholars Grant: 2002-03.

Irene Diamond Research Fellowship: 1998-99.

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship: 1998-99.

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Queens Council on the Arts, ArtSite Grant, Standing Ovation: The African Diva Project at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. 2018-2019: $4,500.

Queens Council on the Arts, SuCasa Grant, Shadowbox Tales: Rochdale Village Senior Center. 2018: $5,500.

Cycle 48 PSC-CUNY Research Award, Clarence Irving Collection Archiving w/ George White. 2017-2018: $6,000.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Co-President, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Board, NY, NY: 2019- 2020.

Standing Ovation - the African Diva Project at Jamaica Performing Arts Center: 1/17/19 -3/25/19.

The African Diva Project, Art to the People, LinkNYC digital display: October - November 2018.

Director, Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni Board: 2015-2018.

Guest Curator, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning: 2013-2017.