A book containing an essay Associate Professor of Art Tanya Sheehan coauthored with Henry Louis Gates Jr. was reviewed on the New Yorker website. The essay, “Marketing Racism: Popular Imagery in the United States and Europe,” explores the effect of white fantasies of blackness in illustrated children’s literature, advertisements, postcards, and other forms of popular visual culture. The result of these fantasies, reviewer Hilton Als notes, was a “negative and ignorant” narrative.
Sheehan’s essay was recently published in The Image of the Black in Western Art, Vol. 5: The Twentieth Century, Part I, edited by Gates and David Bindman.
Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is also a Colby honorary degree recipient, having been the commencement speaker in 1995. Sheehan is a former residential fellow at the Du Bois Institute.