Teaching And Professional Activities
- William C. Seitz Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art,
Washington, DC, 2015-1016.
Honors and awards:
- Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professorship, Courtauld Institute of Art, London; and Freie Universität Berlin. May through July 2012.
- Terra Visiting Professorship in American Art, École Normale, Université de Paris, May 2010.
- Center for the Humanities Fellowship, Washington University, Spring 2010.
- Outstanding Mentor Award, Graduate Student Senate, Washington University, Spring 2009.
- Special Recognition for Mentoring Award, Graduate School Senate, Washington University, May 2006.
- Andrew Mellon Foundation, Grant-in-Aid to assist in development of ArtStor, a digital archive of Art History and visual culture, 2001-03.
- Senior Scholar, Summer Residency Program, Musée d’Art Americain (Terra Foundation), Giverny, France, July 2002.
- John Hope Franklin Prize for Empire of the Eye (1994), awarded by the American Studies Association for the best published interdisciplinary work in American Studies; Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American art for Empire of the Eye (1995, awarded by the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution).
- Empire of the Eye: Landscape Representation and American Cultural Politics, 1825-1875, published by Cornell University Press in 1993, was the winner of the John Hope Franklin Prize from the American Studies Association (1994) and the Charles Eldredge Prize from the Smithsonian (1995).
- American Encounters: Art, History, and Cultural Identity (Pearson, October 2007). Led team of six scholars in comprehensive synthetic new history of the arts from a millennium before contact with Europe up to the present.
- “Home and Homeless in Art Between the Wars,” commissioned essay, Blackwell Companion to American Art, 2015.
- “Reading Ahab: Rockwell Kent, Herman Melville, and C. L. R. James.” Invited essay for New Marxist Art History (Festschrift for Andrew Hemingway) London, England: Art/Books), 2014.
- Jackson Pollock's Sleeping Effort, 1953. Kemper Museum of Art, Online "Spotlight" essay series, March 2012.
Read the essay here.
- “Falling into History: The Uneasy Domestication of Niagara.” Commissioned essay for catalogue, Zoe Leonard; “You See That I Am Here After All". Dia/Beacon, New York, 2011, pp. 176-188.
- “1935: The Popular Front. Artists and Writers Mobilize.” Werner Sollors and Greil Marcus, eds., A New Literary History of America (Cambridge and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009), pp. 683-688.
- "Beyond the National Self: Cross-Cultural Exchange and Postcolonial Studies." In Kunst und Politik: Jahrbuch Der Guernica-Gessellschaft, Vol. 10 (2008).
- "The Twentieth Century Artistic Reception of Whitman and Melville." In Michael Robertson and David Blake, eds. Walt Whitman: Where the Future Becomes Present (University of Iowa Press, 2008).
- “Chasing the Phantom: Cultural Memory in the Image of the West.” In Redrawing the Boundaries: Perspectives on Western American Art (Denver Art Museum in association with the University of Washington Press, 2007).
- “The Image of Nature in American Landscape Art: The Dilemmas of ‘Nature’s Nation’ and the Art of Landscape,” in Michael Lewis, ed., American Wilderness (Oxford University Press, 2007); republished in Alan Braddock, ed., A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History (University of Alabama Press, 2009).
- "With Eyes Wide Open’: The Americanization of Surrealism,” in Sabine Eckmann and Lutz Koepnick, eds., Caught by Politics: Hitler Exiles and American Visual Culture in the 1930s and 1940s. (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).
- “Death and Resurrection in an Artist’s Studio.” American Art 20, no. 1 (Spring 2006).
- "Dancing on the Grave of History: Kay Walkingstick's Chief Joseph series. Paper for "Seizing the Sky: Redefining American Art," National Museum of the American Indian, November 5, 2015. Watch it here.
- Keynote, "Marshalling American Art: Exhibiting Ideology in the Cold War." Workshop, Tate Britain, May 1, 2015.
Sponsored by the Tate in conjunction with the Terra Foundation.
- Co-chair with Jody Patterson, "New Genealogies of American Modernism at Mid-Century," College Art Association annual meeting, New York City. Two-part panel, Saturday, February 14, morning and afternoon.
- "Duchamp/Redon: The Beholder's Share." Talk for "The Armory Show at 100," cosponsored by the Musée Orsay and the New York Historical Society, December 6-7, 2013, Paris.
- “The Challenges of Nationhood: American Arts from Colony to Republic,” Invited lecture, National Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, April 19, 2013
- “Resisting Belonging: Kenneth Burke and ‘Homeless’ Modernism between the Wars,” Presentation to Culture and Literature Colloquium, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität, Berlin, June 21, 2012.
- “The Fate of the Gesture in the Post-War Era,” Keynote address for “The Post War Moment: Historical Futures in Visual Culture,” co-organized by Angela Miller and Frank Mehring, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität, Berlin, June 15, 2012.
- “Gerald Murphy, Americanisme, and the Metonymic Mode,” Seminar presentation to the Research Forum, Courtauld Institute, London, May 10, 2012.
- “Figure/Ground and the Embattled Self: Jackson Pollock’s Late Work,” Courtauld Institute, London, May 8, 2012.
- “Alfred Stieglitz and Theogonic Modernism,” Art History Department, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, December 1, 2011.
- “The Arts and Nation-Building,” Lecture given at Humboldt University, Berlin, November 14, 2011 (American Studies Department), sponsored by the American Embassy.
- “Nature’s History: The Changing Cultural Image of Nature, from Romantic Nationalism to Land Art,” Keynote address, “Nature’s Nation Revisited,” University of Tubingen, Germany, November 12, 2011.
- “Rockwell Kent’s Illustrations of Moby Dick,” Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, January 2011.
- “Time, Duration, and the Modern Moment in Early 20th-Century American Art,”Space/Site/Landscape, Symposium at the JFK Institute, Freie Universität, Berlin, December 10, 2010.
- “The Challenge of Eclecticism in the 1950s and the Canonization of Abstract Expressionism,” Historical Materialism, University of London, November 11, 2010.
- “American Modernism,” Farnsworth Museum of Art: Farnsworth Forum. Live audience interview, Rockland, Maine, October 25, 2010.
- “Theogonic” Modernism and the Cult of Stieglitz,” Cèrisy Colloques, “Carrefour Stieglitz,” Cèrisy-la-Salle (Normandy), France, July 2010.
- “Marsden Hartley and the Practice and Discourse of Race,”Transatlantic Dialogues in the History of Art,” Institut Nationale de l’Histoire de L’Art, Paris, May 2010.
- "Thinking Dialectically: Home and Homeless between the Wars," For Symposium "American School: American Art and Pedagogy," Colby College, Maine, October 2009.
- " 'A Positive Terror of Personality': Tradition and the Flight from Self," Symposium on the Art of George Tooker," Pennsylvania Academy of Art, March 2009. Collaboration with Holly Hunt.
- "The Optical Superego: Magic Realism and the Social Imaginary," For symposium "Art on the Dark Side," Columbus Museum of Art, May 25-27, 2008.
- “Writing Across Borders: American Arts after Multiculturalism,” John F. Kennedy Institute for American Studies, Berlin, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, May 2007.
- “Curating Art in a Transnational Context,” University of Hamburg and the Bucerius Kunst Forum, May 23, 2007.
- “Our America?” Questions and Proposals for the 21st Century,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 2007.
Recent Professional Service:
- Member, Editorial Board, American Art (published by the Smithsonian Institution), Fall 2006 to 2009.
- Reviewer, Luce/ACLS Fellowships in American Arts, Spring 2004, Spring 2007, Spring 2008.
- Chair, John Hope Franklin Prize Committee for best book in American Studies. American Studies Association, 2004.
- Consultant, Andrew Mellon Foundation, to assist in development of ArtStor, a digital archive of Art History and visual culture.
- Senior Scholar, Musée d’Art Americain (Terra Foundation), Giverny, France, July 2002.
- Editorial Board, American Quarterly. Two three-year terms (1996-2001).
TransAmerica: The US and Mexico between the Wars
Cold War Cultures
Visual Art and Culture in the United States, 1945-1960
Native and Cosmopolitan Modernisms: The US and Europe between the Wars
History of American Photography
Theory for Art History (co-taught)
The American Trauma (co-taught: on Civil War and American memory)
Fin-de-siècle United States
Age of Gatsby (US Arts in the 1920s)
Culture and politics in the 1930s
The arts of cultural encounter in the American West
Gender and American art: images and issues
American Modernisms and Visual Modernities
Art and culture in the Gilded Age
American art to 1900
American art, 1900-1980
The city in American arts and popular culture, 1910-1940
Current and Recently Completed Dissertations:
“Through the Body: Corporeality, Subjectivity, and Empathy in Contemporary American Art”
“Camping the Canon: Yasumasa Morimura's Queer Performative Critique of Art History”
“Innocence Abroad: The Construction and Marketing of an American Artistic Identity in Paris, 1880-1910”
“Murals, Montage, Modernism: Public Art in the United States Between the Wars”
“Turbulent Bodies: Disruptive Materiality in American Painting, 1880-1940”
“Faith’s Midwest Modern Forms: Three 1950s Churches for the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis by Murphy and Mackey, architects”
“Troubling the Body Politic in American Graphic Satire during the Great Depression”
“Remotely Mexican: Recent Work by Gabriel Orozco, Carlos Amorales, and Pedro Reyes, Exhibited in the US”
“Binding Frankenstein : Reclaiming the Self in the Visual Culture of the Machine Age"
“White Collared: Fashioning Masculinity in American Visual Culture”
“Modern Eremites: Art and the Vocation of Withdrawal in Gilded Age America”
In recent years, she has undertaken advising in the area of Latin American arts, a field of developing interest to her.
Published articles and review essays in caa.reviews, American Art, Oxford Art Journal, Art in America, American Quarterly, New England Quarterly, Winterthur Portfolio, Prospects, and American Literary History.