Ellen C. Caldwell
Ellen C. Caldwell

Ellen C. Caldwell is an art historian, writer, and featured contributor to the New American Paintings blog. She teaches art history at Mt. San Antonio College, Otis, and Pepperdine University, where she also works in curriculum assessment. Caldwell’s recent essay “Myth, Midtopia, and Mapping: Frohawk Two Feathers and the Making of the Frenglish Empire” will be featured in Two Feathers’ forthcoming museum catalogue for his traveling exhibition “You Can Fall: the War of the Mourning Arrows.”

She also co-authored “‘Superpredators’ and ‘Animals’: Images and California’s ‘Get Tough on Crime’ Initiatives” in the Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies; curated “Recrafting History: History, Nostalgia, and Craft in the American Memory” at Taylor De Cordoba in 2011; and co-curated “Edible Empire: African Cocoa in the Global Economy” at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006.

Recent Articles
Frohawk Two Feathers: Afrofuturism and the Colonial Imaginary
Frohawk Two Feathers: Afrofuturism and the Colonial Imaginary
Los Angeles-based artist Frohawk Two Feathers rewrites history by mixing fact and fiction. The multi-disciplinarian imbues the past with the present, as he plays with themes of Afrofuturism and the colonial imaginary.
Against the Elements: The Art and Science of Preserving the Watts Towers
Against the Elements: The Art and Science of Preserving the Watts Towers
Due to its unconventional construction, new scientific methods are being used to repair and stabilize the Watts Towers.
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