The Arts of Africa, the African Diaspora and the Caribbean
San Francisco State University Faculty Member 1981-2009 (Retired)
Adjunct Professor UCLA 2010-2012


Yale University, History of Art, Ph.D. June 1979
UCLA, Master of Art, 1967-70
Antioch College, Bachelor of Art, 1962-67

Publications: Books

2011.  Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia. co-authors Judith Bettelheim and Janet Berlo, Fowler Museum at UCLA: 216 pp.; 108 illus. bibliography, index.

2005. AfroCuba: Works on Paper, 1968-2003. exhibition catalog (San Francisco: SFSU and the University of Washington Press) 88pp.; 35 color illus.

2001. Cuban Festivals: A Century of Afro-Cuban Culture. author and editor (Kingston and London: Ian Randle Publishers): 220 pp. Illus., glossary, bibliography  (revised and expanded).

1993. Cuban Festivals: An Illustrated Anthology. author and editor (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc.) 250pp. Illus.; glossary; bibliography.

1988. Caribbean Festival Arts. co-authored by Judith Bettelheim and John Nunley (Seattle: The Saint Louis Art Museum and University of Washington Press) 250 pp.166 illus., glossary, bibliography.


Publications: Articles and SELECTED Chapters

2015  “Performing Religion: Folklore Performance , Carnaval and Festival in Cuba,” in
Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics, and Performance, eds. Aaron Kamugish and
Yanique Hume, (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers) pp. 469-482.

2013  “Grupo Antillano, revisited,” in Grupo Antillano, the Art of Afro-Cuba, (Alejandro de la Fuente and the Caguayo Foundation, with the University of Pittsburg Press) pp. 35-48.

2010  “From Masquerade to Fashion and Back,” in The Global African Project, (New York: The Museum of Art and Design) pp. 162-167.

2010  “Espriritismo Altars in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Brazil,” in Latin America in the Black Atlantic, eds. Andrew Apter and Robin Derby, (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing) pp. 295-318.

2008  “Lam’s Caribbean Years: An Intercultural Dialogue” in Wifredo Lam at Miami Art Museum, 2008. pp. 11-21.

2005  "Caribbean Espiritismo (Spiritist) Altars: The Indian and the Congo" in The Art Bulletin, June. Vol. LXXXVII #2 (NY: College Art Association) pp. 312-330.

2001  “Palo Monte Mayombe and its influence on Contemporary Cuban Art”. African Arts. Summer v. xxxiv #2. Pp. 36-49, 94-95.

1999  "Three Transnational Artists: José Bedia, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Keith Morrison", International Review of African American Art  vol.15 #3. pp. 43-48.

1997  "José Bedia Reflects on the Song of the Immigrant", in Crónicas Americanas, Obras de José Bedia, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico. pp. 66-81.

1996  "His Essentialism", in Mi Essencialismo: José Bedia, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, pp. 3-8.


Selected public lectures

"Cuban Artists Wifredo Lam and José Bedia: Generations of Intercultural Exchange," Vassar College, Latin American and Latino/a  Studies, October 2015

The Haitian Presence in Cuban Festivals: Performing a National Transcript, The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, University of  Texas at Austin, October 2013
"Wifredo Lam in the Caribbean, An Intercultural Dialogue," Miami Art Museum, May 2008

“AfroCuba: Works on Paper,” Lowe Museum, University of Miami, Fla., January 2008

“The Reception of Caribbean Art,co-chair and discussant; College Art Association national meeting, NYC February 2007

“AfroCuba: Aspects of a Revisionist Art History,” Indianapolis Museum of Art, in conjunction with the opening of “AfroCuba: Works on Paper.” February 25, 2007

“José Bedia: Routes/Roots and the Studio,” for the panel “(Re)Claiming Africa in the African Diaspora; 14th Triennial Symposium on African Art, Gainesville, FLA. March 2007

“Haitian-Cubans or Cuban-Haitians, Performance as a Cultural Negotiation for Eastern Cuba’s Immigrant Population,” University of Northern Illinois, Center for Latino and Latin American Studies October, 2007


Fellowships and Honors

Tour leader: La Bienal de La Habana   2001, 2003; Festival of Caribbean Culture 2003; Art in Cuba 2008

The University of Iowa; Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Fellowship;" The Arts and Cultural Politics of Carnival,"  Summer 2005

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1998

Lecturer to the Rockefeller Fellows participating in the" Caribbean 2000" program at the University of Puerto Rico, March 1998

National Endowment for the Humanities seminar, invited faculty member, "Performance and Text in   Caribbean Literature and Art, University of Puerto Rico, 1997

National Endowment for the Humanities, summer seminar: The Plantation Complex, 1993, Johns       Hopkins University

National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute: African American Performing Arts 1890-     1990; at the American Dance Festival, 1991, Duke  University

American Council of Learned Societies, (sabbatical year fellowship) $15,000 for research on Cuban Carnaval (1989-1990)

$19,500 from NEH, NEA, and Rockefeller Foundation grants for my work as co-curator of the            exhibition "Caribbean Festival Arts" (through the Saint Louis Art Museum) 1984-1988

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Fellowship:  Fieldwork in the Caribbean 1976 and       write-up 1977