Steven G. Fullwood
As the Project Director of
Center for Black Visual Culture
NYU Institute of African American Affairs
We are pleased to announce that Steven G. Fullwood will become the new Project Director for the Institute of African American Affairs and Center for Black Visual Culture, starting in June 2019. Steven G. Fullwood is an archivist, editor, and documentarian. He is the former assistant curator of the Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. He has long been associated with the preservation of archival materials and collections focusing on African and African Diasporic cultures. In 1999, he founded the In the Life Archive to aid in the preservation of materials produced by and about LGBTQ people of African descent. In 2018, Fullwood co-founded The Nomadic Archivists Project, an initiative to establish, preserve, and enhance collections that explore the African Diasporic experience. His publications include Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call (co-edited with Charles Stephens, 2014), To Be Left with the Body (co-edited with Cheryl Clarke, 2008) and Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books (co-edited with Lisa C. Moore, 2007). Fullwood is currently at work on his first feature documentary, Black Toledo.
Fullwood will develop the Center’s position nationally and internationally in relation to black visual culture and archives focusing on the arts. The CBVC is a space for scholarly and artistic inquiry into the understanding and exploration of images focusing on black people globally. It is both an incubator for new ideas and a center for the study of images (framing and reframing). As an interdisciplinary space for students, faculty, post-doc fellows, and the public, CBVC is a place for conversations, exhibitions, and listening as well as a locus for the production of new scholarship and art projects. As CBVC’s project director, Fullwood’s responsibilities include the coordination and review of resources highlighting the mission of the CBVC including ways in which to promote available research materials focusing on black visual studies within the New York University community.