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Currently serving as Professor in Art History at MICA and Visiting Professor at UCLA (African American Studies), Salley previously served as Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa, the founding director of ‘the names we give' public forum, and the executive director of ACTSA (Africana Art, Culture, Theory, and Society), a diversity research initiative. Salley earned a Masters in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Doctorate in the History of Culture from the University of Chicago. His scholarship is driven by his activities as a multidisciplinary visual artist, curator, and theorist. Represented by Gallery MOMO (South Africa), Salley is a contributing editor to The Postcolonialist journal, and his words have appeared in The Queer Africa Reader; Kerry James Marshall: Who's Afraid of Red, Black, and Green; Third Text; Social Dynamics; African Arts, and other media. Find more at www.raelsalley.com.
Promise is part of Iziko Museums of South African and its Education and Public Programmes programme to foster a plurality of interests and backgrounds. The event and exhibition endeavors to improve the diversity of the audiences to art exhibitions and includes educational programming.