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Meleko Mokgosi

Assistant Professor of Practice
(212) 992-6314
411 Laf, Room 370

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Meleko Mokgosi is an artist who works within an interdisciplinary framework to create large-scale project-based installations. By working across history painting, cinematic tropes, psychoanalysis, and post-colonial theory, his practice interrogates narrative tropes and the fundamental models for the inscription and transmission of history alongside established European notions of representation in order to address questions of nationhood, anti-colonial sentiments, and the perception of historicized events. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Botswana National Gallery, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art. Mokgosi is also Faculty Fellow-in-Residence at Second Street.

Teaching and Research Interests

visual arts; art history; psychoanalytic theory; critical theory, post-colonial studies; semiotics

Meleko Mokgosi


B.A. Visual Arts, Williams College, 2007
B.A. Studio Art, Williams College, 2007
, Whitney Independent Study Program, 2008
M.F.A. Interdisciplinary Studio, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011

Recent News

In April 2015, Professor Meleko Mokgosi and The School, Jack Shainman Gallery curator Darby English discussed Mokgosi's practice and works currently on view at The School, Jack Shainman Gallery's Kinderhook, NY location.

Selections from Professor Mokgosi's exhibition, Pax Kaffraria, were exhibited at Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2015.  

Professor Mokgosi had his debut solo exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, where he presented the final chapters of his three-year long history painting project Pax Kaffraria. Selections from the project were featured at Art Basel in Miami Beach. He was featured in The New York Times article, "Brooklyn Inspires African Artists" in October of 2014. Along with Laura Slatkin, he organized the spring 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring the artist Mary Kelly. 


2017 Spring

Topics in Painting

2016 Spring

Exhibition Systems and Curating

Topics in Painting

2016 Fall

Drawing: Body and Narrative

2015 Fall

Drawing: Body and Narrative