Courses Recently Developed
Mosaic Portrait of Kara Walker
86th Street Subway, 2017
Photo: Courtesy of Metropolitan Transit Authority
PORTRAITURE NOW: FROM THE STUDIO TO THE SELFIEUndergraduate Capstone Seminar
The seemingly complete control we have over our representations, and their circulation, as it is in tension with new methods of surveillance. While not every selfie is an art object, a “successful” one seems to depend upon assumptions about identity and resemblance that have their roots in traditional forms of portraiture.
Fred Wilson | A Critical Reader
eds. by Doro Globus
A critique of the existing canons of both European and American modern art, with special attention to recent exhibitions and museum installations that present their own challenging variations. Students are asked to construct an “alternate” canon, if this seems warranted--or argue against the very existence of such a conception, and present suggestions for a different format that would profitably organize the material. We consider historical issues in light of contemporary art, criticism and exhibition practices.
NLM Visible Human Project
Section through the head of a human male
THE ART OF MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHYHonors Seminar
The visual technology and culture of medicine: for instance, the authority of the MRI, the gender implications of the Visible Human Project, the ethics of live surgery on Snapchat, and the ‘networked patient.’ We also study historical artifacts such as the photography produced by and about the concentration camp victims of World War II; images of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bomb; and the anti-TB films of the 1930s.
Revolt in Cairo, 1810
Anne - Louis Girodet - Trioson
OCCIDENTALISM / ORIENTALISMGraduate Seminar
A reformulation and critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism, focusing on the nuanced and reciprocal interaction between “the East” and “the West”. Case studies include Gros’s Revolt at Cairo, films such as The Sheik and Disney’s Aladdin; Shirin Neshat’s Rapture; the recent productions of Takashi Murakami and Sophia Coppola’s Lost in Translation; the Beijing Olympics, with its Bird’s Nest Stadium by Ai Wei Wei, and the “ghost houses” of Korean artist Do Ho Suh.
THE AGNEW CLINICThomas Eakins, 1889 - Mark Skrobola, NJ 2006
KEITH HARING MURAL IN MADRIDImage by Patian
ART AND MEDICINEUndergraduate Lecture
How fine artists, scientific illustrators, and popular image-makers have envisioned medicine’s culture—especially its ways of knowing the body, and the implications of such knowledge for constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality; the metaphorical uses of disease and deviance in the visual arts. Designed to introduce students in the humanities, fine arts and social sciences to the culture of science, while also offering life science and pre-med students an opportunity to think critically about the visual history of their own practices, and how they intersect, often in unexpected ways, with the history of art.
Thomas Rice as Jim Crow
RACE AND REPRESENTATIONGraduate and Undergraduate Seminar
The visual culture of the African diaspora in the US, France and Belgium, with forays into the art of the Caribbean. Readings are drawn not only from art history, anthropology and sociology, but from gender, cultural and new media studies, and postcolonial theory. We also consider the visual culture of racial violence, as transmitted through social media.
Andy Warhol at the White House
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
POPULAR CULTURE AND MODERNITYUndergraduate Seminar
Andy Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor may seem old-fashioned; yet the Guggenheim Museum stages a huge retrospective of the works of fashion designer Giorgio Armani, and Disneyland becomes an object of analysis for scholars from a variety of fields. How do we sort these differences out? What happens when popular culture starts to change the way in which art is perceived, and even defined?
Dissertations Currently Advising
Women Selling Water and Oranges on the Road to Heliopolis
EGYPTIAN-FRENCH ENCOUNTERS: ART AND NATIONAL IDENTITYAlia Nour ElSayed
James McNeill Whistler, 12 January 1878
ELASTIC CAPACITIES: WHISTLER AND THE ART OF TRANSFORMATIONJustin McCann
Negro del Sudan
Charles Cordier, 1856
BLACK MASCULINITY: JEAN LÉON GÉRÔME AND THE ORIENTALIST IMAGINARYBrigid Boyle
Suzanne Valadon, 1919
DEFINING GENDER, REDEFINING THE NUDE: FEMALE ARTISTS AND THE BODY IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY PAINTING IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY PARISLauren Jimerson
showing effects of Syphilis, 19th France
SURFACE TENSION: SKIN, DISEASE AND VISUALITY IN THIRD REPUBLIC FRANCEKathleen Pierce
American Museum of Natural History Diorama
Photo by Boris Dzhingarov
SCIENCE/FICTION: EARLY 20TH CENTURY DISPLAYS IN THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND ITS POSTWAR RESPONSEKimi Matsumura
Bust of Minerva with Armour and Weapons
SEDUCTIVE SURFACES: ANNE VALLAYER-COSTER AND THE 18TH CENTURY STILL LIFEKelsey Brosnan
Check out my CV for dissertations advised previously.