Research Summary and Profile
- Research interests:
- Culture, Photography, Regional history
- Summary of research interests and expertise:
Kris Juncker completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. Her research background is in the history of twentieth-century photographic media and related art practices in Cuba. For her first book project, Dr. Juncker examined archives and arts reflective of Afro-Cuban identity from 1899 to 1969 in: Havana, Cuba; Toa Baja, Puerto Rico; and Spanish Harlem, New York. In her current project with ILAS, she is writing a book, 'Internationalist Cuba.' This volume presents different case studies of Cuban photographic media and how this material shaped the international prominence of the Caribbean island. Dr. Juncker has taught for Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) and De Montfort University (Leicester, United Kingdom).
- Publication Details
Date Details 14-Feb-2014 Afro-Cuban Religious Arts: Popular Expressions of Cultural Inheritance in Espiritismo and Santería
Forthcoming from the University Press of Florida, 'Afro-Cuban Religious Arts' traces the work of four generations of women from Havana, Cuba, to Spanish Harlem, New York, from 1899 to 1969. The author examines the impact of their personal archives of photographs, notes and surviving altar fragments in defining women’s leadership roles within Afro-Cuban religious arts practices. The book argues that through the careful documentation of their work, these leaders created an impressive account of hybrid cultural identities— with references to African and European cultural inheritances—that promoted dialogue among their audiences. These interactions were essential for the explosion of African diasporic religious arts throughout the Americas and beyond.
- Relevant Events
Date Details 20-Mar-2014 "The Performative Photograph in Conversation with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons”
To be presented at the Brooklyn Museum of Art