I teach courses on the art and visual culture of the long 19th century. Courses I have developed include:
Detail from Andreas Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica, 1555, Wellcome Collection
Art and Medicine
How did medical practices like dissection shape artistic education and practice? How and why have physicians visually represented medical research? How have visual representations of the body shifted understandings of race, gender, health, and ability? This course centers intersections of art and medicine from the early modern period to the present to disentangle how medical understandings of the body filter into artistic production and popular thought and vice versa.
Detail from follower of Cornelis de Heem, Still-Life with Crayfish, Oysters, and Fruit, late 17th or early 18th century, Cleveland Museum of Art
This course asserts that histories of design,
decorative arts, and material culture in the West reveal critical—and even inexorable—histories of imperialism, spotlighting topics such as exchange, violation, migration, appropriation, materiality, and indigenous agency. While objects like porcelain bowls, tea cups, salt cellars, or yards of textile have long been treated as benign indicators of style and status, this course asks students to think through these objects’ roles as agents of empire.
J. G. Keulemans, detail of print from St. George Mivart, Dogs, jackals, wolves, and foxes, London R.H. Porter 1890