Ph.D. New York University, Art History
B.A., Smith College
My research is focused in the area of Modern art history, primarily that of the 19th and 20th centuries. Most recently I have been working in the history of photography and film. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural connections, along with considering the role of art in cultural diplomacy. I also have some studio background in photography and painting, and have had my work published and exhibited.
I have written seven books, and have published numerous articles. My most recent books include: Stieglitz: A Beginning Light, (Yale University Press, 2004), Georgia O'Keeffe: A Celebration of Music and Dance, (George Braziller, 1997), and Concepts of Identity: Historical and Contemporary Images of Self and Family (Harper Collins, 1996). I have just completed a second book on the photographer Alfred Stieglitz: Stieglitz: A Legacy of Light (Yale University Press, 2011).
During my career, I have received a number of grants and awards, including more recently, the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis, 2009; Hamid Bin Khalifa Fellow, Doha, Qatar, 2007; Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Karl Franzens University, Graz Austria, 2006; American Center for Oriental Research Fellow, Amman, Jordan, 2004; Whiting Foundation Travel grant to Islamic Art sites to assist in developing a course in Islamic Art, 2003. I also served as a visiting professor at Richmond University in London in 2000. I have been invited to give lectures and papers at a variety of conferences and places, including Buenos Aires, Belfast, Beijing, Istanbul, Paris, Vienna, Cape Town, Warsaw, Marrakech, and New York.
I welcome the opportunity to share my love for art and art history with students in the classroom and on an individual basis. I frequently give project-based assignments to allow students to make connections between studio practices and art history. I also try to take students to museums and galleries when possible, and encourage students to pursue study abroad and internship opportunities when appropriate. As the writer Rudolf Arnheim has written, "Art reveals to us the essence of things, the essence of our existence."
I offer the following courses: 19th Century Art, 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art, History of Photography, The Cinematic Eye: History of Film to 1945, Contemporary Film, The Family in Art and Film, American Art, Islamic Art and Architecture, Fine Arts Senior Seminar, and Second-Year Humanities Program.