PhD, History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
MA, History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
BA, English & Art History, Lawrence University
Contemporary art and theory
East German (GDR) painting and reception
Post-colonialism, post-socialism, feminism, and Marxism
-- in Germany for 2012-13 on an AAUW American Research Leave Fellowship (press) --
"Painting the East German Experience: Neo Rauch in the Late 1990s," in Oxford Art Journal, Vol. 35, Issue 2, 2012, 233-250 (pdf)
"Denying Difference in the Post-Socialist Other: Bernhard Heisig and the Changing Reception of an East German Artist," in Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture, Vol. 2, 2012, 45-73 (pdf)
"In the Crucible: Bernhard Heisig and the Hotel Deutschland Murals," in Amy Wlodarski and Elaine Kelly, eds., Art Outside the Lines: New Perspectives on GDR Art Culture. (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2011) 21-39 (docs)
"In Memoriam - Bernhard Heisig (1925-2011)," German Studies Association Newsletter, Vol. 36/2, 2011, 97-100 (docs)
"Painting the Berlin Wall in Leipzig: The Politics of Art in 1960s East Germany," in Sabine Hake and Philip Broadbent, eds., Berlin. Divided City, 1949-1989. (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010) 83-9 (googlebooks)(docs - galley version)
Review of the 2009 LACMA exhibition catalog, Art of Two Germanys / Cold War Cultures. Published in German History 27(4) 2009, 628-630 (docs)
“Playing with the Political: Feng Mengbo’s Streetfighter IV,” Yishu, Journal for Contemporary Chinese Art, vol. 5, no. 1, Spring 2006, 101-7 (docs)
“The Media of Manipulation: Mainstream News in the U.S. in the Weeks Following 9/11” Critical Quarterly, Spring/Summer 2003, vol. 45, issue 1/2, pp. 55-7
"Heisigs Geisterbahn," in Ruediger Kuettner, ed. Bernhard Heisig, Eine unendliche Geschichte. (Berlin: Galerie Berlin, 2010) 126-7
“Eine ‘US-Amerikanische’ Sicht auf Bernhard Heisig,” Gestern und in dieser Zeit – Bernhard Heisig zum Achzigsten. (Leipzig: Faber & Faber, 2005) 42-5
Reality(ies), Fiction and Utopia in the Art of France, West Germany, East Germany and Poland Between 1960 and 1989, Paris, France (April 2013)
Paper: "When Fiction Changes Reality: Angela Hampel and the Impact of Christa Wolf's
Kassandra on Women Artists in East Germany"
Die andere Moderne? - Bildwelten in der DDR - Perspektiven einer Neubewertung,
Weimar, Germany (Oct 2012)
Paper: "Where Have All the Women Gone? The Western Reception of East German Art"
German Studies Between the Global and the Local, Berlin Program Summer Workshop, Berlin, Germany (June 2012)
Paper: "Reinventing Leipzig for a Neoliberal World"
German Studies Association, Louisville, KY (Sept 2011)
Paper: "Rewriting the East German Past: The Contemporary Reception of Heisig and Rauch"
Panel organizer & moderator: "A Multidisciplinary Look at the Future of German Studies"
German Studies Association, Oakland, CA (Oct 2010)
Panel commentary: "The Visual Arts in Cold War Germany and Beyond"
Panel commentary: "Space and Place in Modern and Contemporary German Art"
College Art Association, Chicago, IL (Feb 2010)
Paper: "Painting the Wall in East Germany"
The Fall of the Wall Reconsidered. Progress and Perspectives Twenty Years After the Wende, Northwestern University & Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Evanston, IL (October 2009)
Paper: “The Post-Wall Reception of East German Painting: Bernhard Heisig as Case Study”
German Studies Association, Arlington, VA (October 2009)
Paper: "Bernhard Heisig: Painting Fascism, Past and Present"
Panel commentary: "Between Compulsion and Persuasion: Cultural Authority in the GDR"
Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (June 2009)
Paper: "East German Artists Respond to the 1973 Putsch in Chile" (presented in absentia)
College Art Association, Los Angeles, CA (Feb 2009)
Paper: “Bernhard Heisig and the Fight for Modern Art in East Germany”
Writing East German History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (Dec 2008)
Paper: “Challenges in Writing About East German Art: The Case of Bernhard Heisig”
German Art & Culture After 1933, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (Oct 2008)
Paper: “Neo Rauch: A Contemporary Painter in Context”
German Studies Association, St. Paul, MN (Oct 2008)
Panel commentary: “Post-Wende Exhibitions and Evaluations of GDR Art”
Berlin, Divided City, University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX (Mar 2008)
Paper: “Picturing the Berlin Wall in 1960s East Germany”
Reconsidering the Role of the Arts in the GDR, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA (Oct 2007)
Paper: “In the Crucible: Bernhard Heisig and the Hotel ‘Deutschland’ Murals”
SELECTED GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
American Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, American Association of University Women
Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities
Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies
German Academic Exchange Service / DAAD
Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Summer & Academic Year)
Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Pittsburgh University
- Bernhard Heisig and the Fight for Modern Art in Communist East Germany (completed)
- East German Women Artists
History of Art I
Modern Art & Theory to 1945
Art & Theory After 1945
Art & Dictatorships
History of Interior Design
Issues in Visual & Material Culture (grad seminar)
Phone: (515) 294-8513
Office: 383 Design
Integrated Studio Arts Department
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