ike the many travelers chronicled in this book who scribbled messages to loved
ones on postcards from far-flung destinations, I would like to pen thanks to the
many persons who supported the long journey leading to this publication. The
acknowledgments listed here, in a similar fashion to the inevitably impoverished post-
card messages, cannot begin to express the depth of my appreciation.
I would like to thank Ivan Karp at the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University
for his constant support and stern counsel. Richard Long also provided quiet but invalu-
able mentorship. In the Department of Art History David H. Brown and Judith Bettel-
heim opened the world of African diasporic arts to me, while Judith Rohrer introduced
me to the miniature world of postcards. Deepika Bahri, Natasha Barnes, and Corrine
Kratz also greatly contributed to the content of this book. I was fortunate enough to be
at Emory University, and in ‘‘the woods,’’ when a group of bright young scholars work-
ing on Africa and the Africa diaspora came together to form more than an intellectual
community but a supportive family. The friendship of Petrina Dacres, Pamela Franco,
Jacqueline Francis, Peri Klemm, Heidi Ernst-Luseno, Mike McGovern, Stacy Morgan,
Serigne N’Diaye, Michelle Wilkerson, Veerle Poupeye, and Jay Straker continues to
support and sustain me.
I thank faculty in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chi-
cago for making the department such a collegial and spirited place. I especially acknowl-
edge Ellen Baird, Bob Bruegmann, Deborah Fausch, Heather Grossman, Peter Hales,
Hannah Higgins, Mary Johnson, Virginia Miller, David Sokol, Woodman Taylor, and
Susanne Uslenghi. I truly grew as a scholar and educator by being in your midst. Spe-
cial mention must also be made of Judith Kirshner, dean of the Department of Art and
Architecture, for her leadership and support. Thanks to Carlene Camardo, my research
assistant, for her invaluable assistance with the preparation of this book. My apprecia-
tion to Mary Beth Rose, Linda Vavra, and fellows at the Institute of Humanities at the
University of Illinois, who created the stimulating environment of cross-disciplinary
dialogue that informs this book.
Thanks to my colleagues in the Department of Art History and African American
Studies at Northwestern University for their support, especially Sherwin Bryant, Hollis
Clayson, Huey Copeland, Stephen Eisenman, Hannah Feldman, Darlene Clark Hine,
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