My dissertation work focuses on Native American/First Nations dance and performance art from the late 19th century until today. I examine the museum/gallery space as a specific framework for Indigenous performance as it relates to history, agency, embodied knowledges, identity articulation, intercultural consumption, and political resistance.
I'm interested in scientific images from the medieval and early modern periods and more generally, in the ways people have made, illustrated, and experienced books throughout history. The books I know most about are medical and anatomical manuscripts (my dissertation topic), but I'm always intrigued by anything strange, uncanny, or unruly.
LauraLee focuses on 10th and 11th century monastic architecture. Her master’s thesis explores how architectural sculpture from the Aquitaine region can be read within the context of geo-physical topographies. She is currently researching the processions of reliquaries and urban identity.
River’s dissertation, “Listening to Contemporary Art: Vocality as a Technology of Relation” attends to artworks that call for a tactics of listening across the disciplinary intersections of Art History and Visual Studies, Sound Studies, and Cultural Studies. River’s recent curatorial project “Word is Bond” (The Curatorial Lab, UW-Madison, 2014) showcased the work of contemporary artists who use words and sound to configure narrative, material repetition, and queered tradition. This exhibition is a part of River’s research on sound, language and voice, and listening.
Sara specializes in Roman Art and Archaeology. Her research interests include representations of historical and mythological narratives on imperial monuments in Rome and in the provincces, elite dining practices, Roman responses to Greek culture, and ancient funerary art. Her masters research focused on the appropriation and re-use of Greek myth for Roman sarcophagi. Her dissertation investigates social identity and cultural (ex)change in Late Antique Asia Minor.
I study late Roman and early Christian art and architecture in Italy. I am exploring the role of early ecclesiastical buildings and their artistic programs in conjunction with late antique theological treatises and sermons to better understand how these spaces functioned in the formation of Christian communities. My research aims to further introduce the visual arts into a field of study that is primarily dominated by textual scholars.
Ashley specializes in Anglo-Saxon art and examines early patristic writings on the five senses and the application of this doctrine within specific contexts in Anglo-Saxon Era England, from the 7th to 11th centuries. Her work interfaces with the study of the five senses and the body in later Medieval art by considering its beginnings in the Late Antique and Early Medieval era.
Jessica is a third year Ph.D. student, her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art with a focus in disability studies. Before Madison, she served as the Assistant Curator for Davidson College’s Van Every/Smith Galleries from 2006 to 2010. While at Davidson College she co-curated two disability-related art exhibitions, RE/FORMATIONS: Disability, Women, and Sculpture and STARING.
Sophia Maxine Farmer studies under Prof. Barbara C. Buenger and specializes in Italian modern art and the socio-political structures that affected the production of artworks during twentieth century. Her dissertation focuses on the importance of the machine era to the development of Futurist anthropomorphic objects and imagery. More specifically, her work considers the gendered connotations of the idealized mechanical man formed as a fetishized robotic cyborg in Futurist art and literature.
My current projects examine the portrayals of gender, race, and time by artists such as Anne-Louis Girodet, Antoine-Jean Gros, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Henri Regnault, and Edgar Degas. Other areas of interest include historiography, colonialism, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and the Anthropocene.
Ann studies nineteenth and twentieth century American and European decorative arts and design. She is a silver specialist, but other interests include the American Studio Glass Movement, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, World’s Fairs, archaeological discoveries as an impetus for design, collecting, travel, and historic preservation.
Her dissertation explores the life and work of Hudson Roysher, a post-World War II California silversmith.
Her research interests include synthetic and imitative materials developed in the interwar years, the standardization and prefabrication of building units for domestic spaces in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the collaboration between universities and industrialists to sponsor research on “better living” for American families in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Ultimately, her work strives to understand the intersection of technology, modernism, and cultural constructions of domesticity in American society.
A trained theater actress and Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellow, Marguerite studies African art and performance, with an emphasis on East Africa. Her research focuses on relationships between objects and bodies, and the ways the body is conceptualized in the arts of healing among the Shambaa peoples of northeastern Tanzania.
Morgan specializes in classical art and archaeology with a focus on gender relations and women’s agency. Her research studies the ways in which changing depictions of women in ancient art reflect their position within the social hierarchy. She is particularly interested in women’s role in textile production, the persistence and adaptation of classical ideals of femininity, and women’s presence in the public world.
Kyungso studies contemporary art and theories, with an emphasis on new media and Asian diaspora art. The concepts of boundaries, in-betweenness, and migration constitute the foundation for her research on postcolonial and transnational visual culture. She is particularly interested in the ways in which new media creates specific spectatorial conditions and relational situations within performances and installations.
My dissertation “Sites of Wonder, Signs of Sin: Defining Illness and Disability in Early-Medieval Japanese Visual Culture,” is a trans-disciplinary exploration of ailments in Japanese visual culture from the late-twelfth to fourteenth century.
Through detailed visual analysis of representations of illness, disability, and deformity in emaki (illustrated handscrolls), I highlight the format’s significance in transmitting and shaping socio-cultural concerns about the body. I also examine popular literature, medical treatises, and religious practices to elucidate various understandings of afflictions within my project’s historical parameters. Beginning in August 2016, I will conduct research in Japan under the guidance of Sano Midori at Gakushuin University. My research will include first-hand examination of primary materials at museums and archives, building a thorough bibliography, and gaining in-depth cultural knowledge.
With a focus on visual representations and perceptions of American Indian peoples, arts, and cultures in the United States and globally, as well as critiques of museum representations of indigenous peoples, Sarah’s current research focuses on postcards as documents.
Mark studies the decorative arts, sculpture, painting, and architecture from High Middle Ages in Western Europe. Other areas of interest include the history of science, medicine, and technology, cross-cultural exchange between the Islamic East and Christian West, the cult of the saints, and Aristotelian natural philosophy from the 12th-14th century.
Lucy is a broad modernist interested in fin-de-siècle transatlantic visual culture, the history and theory of photography, intersections between the history of science, art, and the occult, the gendering and imaging of psychosomatic anomaly, and visual experiences of the urban. Her dissertation, “Ectoplasmic Modernities: Materialization Photography at the Turn of the Century,” explores the transatlantic interest in psychical research between 1880 and 1930.
Lindsay specializes in nineteenth-century British art, with a focus on the position of landscape painting in the Aesthetic Movement. Her MA dissertation analyzed the role of natural phenomena in John Everett Millais’s twenty-one Scottish landscapes (1870-92). She is currently conducting further research into Millais’s garden scenes and snowscapes, as well as research on color and sensuality in the art of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
My research explores identity through representations of nature and the construction of landscape in America art, architecture, and material culture.