Meleko Mokgosi was appointed Associate Professor in Painting/Printmaking in 2019 and in 2020 became Co-Director of Graduate Studies in Painting/Printmaking alongside Anoka Faruqee.
Mokgosi is engaged in a project-based practice positioned between cinema studies, psychoanalysis, critical theory, and post-colonial studies. Prior to his appointment at the Yale School of Art, Mokgosi was Assistant Professor of Practice at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU where he joined in 2012. He holds a BA in Studio Art from Williams College, an MFA from UCLA where he studied under Mary Kelly in the interdisciplinary studio program and attended the Whitney Independent Study program. His past exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Williams College Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, and the Perez Art Museum in Miami, among others. Mokgosi has also been awarded various grants and awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the Vilcek Award for Creative Promise, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters Grant, and the Jarl and Pamela Mohn Award. In addition to his engagement as a practicing artist and full-time educator, Mokgosi initiated the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program based in New York City. Grounded in the global tradition of critical theory, the tuition-free program is designed to facilitate the examination of both dominant and under-recognized epistemological frameworks that inform the system of art, including its production, consumption, distribution, and exhibition.