Art History

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Students work closely with faculty as they learn about the relationship of art to fields such as anthropology, sociology, music, dance, literature, science and engineering.

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Meadows art history professors closely mentor their students, offering help and guidance with classes, internships, jobs and grad programs.

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The art history department offers curriculum in Hispanic art from both sides of the Atlantic. Pictured: The Meadows Museum, holding one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art in the world.

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Faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally as expert researchers, speakers and authors. Connections in the U.S., Mexico, South America and Europe help foster networking and internships for students.

Janis Bergman-Carton

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Janis Bergman-Carton

Janis Bergman-Carton

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Janis Bergman-Carton specializes in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European art with a particular emphasis on French urban modernity, media archaeology, and gender. The Woman of Ideas in French Art, 1830-1848, her first book, was published by Yale University Press and her current book project is titled 'The Journal and Its Whirlwind': La Revue Blanche and  French fin-de-siècle Visual Culture. Additionally, she has published on contemporary Latin American art and cultural memory of the Holocaust. Bergman-Carton has received grants from the Woodrow Wilson, Swann, Samuel H. Kress and J. Paul Getty Foundations, NEH, and the Social Science Research Council.

Teaching

Modern Art and Media Archaeology; The Construction of Childhood in Modern European Art; Why We Go to Auschwitz: Art, Trauma and Memory; Impressionism, Symbolism, and the Pathologized Body; Artspaces: Participatory Art and the Mapping of Social Change

Publications

The Woman of Ideas in French Art, 1830-1848 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995)

“Unlikely Couplings: Gendering Print Culture in the French fin-de-siècle,” In Terms of Gender: Essays in Honors of Joan Wallach Scott, eds. Judith Butler & M.L. Roberts (Indiana University Press, 2011)

“La Revue Blanche: Art, Commerce and Culture in the French fin-de-siècle,” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 30 (June 2008), 167-189.

“'Vision of a Stained Glass Sarah': Bernhardt and the Decorative Arts,” Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama, exhibition catalogue, The Jewish Museum, NYC (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005), 99-124.

(co-author) “James Agee and Walker Evans: Tenants in the House of Art,” Raritan, vol. 2, no. 4 (Summer 2002).

“Christian Boltanski’s Dernière années: The History of Violence and the Violence of History,” History and Memory: Studies in Representations of the Past (Spring/Summer 2001).

“Negotiating the Categories: Sarah Bernhardt and the Possibilities of Jewishness,” Art Journal, vol. 55, no. 2 (Summer 1996).

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