Curator, author, teacher and lecturer Kelli Morgan holds both a B.A. in African American Studies and an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Wayne State University. Morgan has worked in a variety of curatorial, programming, and research positions at various institutions, including Wayne State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. A visual imagery analyst, Morgan examines the ways in which people construct visual discourses, conceptualize images, and sometimes resist these discourses. Her interdisciplinary research concentrates on African American visual culture, linking Art History, Women’s Studies, African American History, and Museum Studies to consider the complex ways that Black women artists visualize, represent, and reappropriate images of minority women to challenge mainstream visual discourses concerning beauty and sexuality.
Inspired in part by the historic figure of abolitionist and suffragette Sarah Grimké, Kidd’s novel is set in motion on Sarah’s 11th birthday, when she is given ownership of 10-year-old Handful. The Invention of Wings follows these two women over the next 35 years as both strive for lives of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement, and the uneasy ways of love.