My primary research interests are: Art since 1989, Globalization, Nationalism, Photography, Film and Video, Nostalgia, Utopia, and Scandinavian, Finnish, and Baltic Studies. Recent publications include: "What's the Time in Vyborg? The Counter-Restoration of a Functionalist Monument" in Future Anterior (forthcoming 2013), “Esko Männikkö’s Global Particularities” in Pohjan Tähdet [Polar Stars] (2012), and “National Landscape after the End of National Landscapes” in From Landscape to Place (2009). Current research projects focus on the photographers Zwelethu Mthethwa and Esko Männikkö.
I enjoy travel, hiking, and film and lately have become a fan of YouTube, The Onion, and the Eurovision Song Contest. These interests find their way into my research and teaching.
ARTH 13500 Introduction to Visual Culture
Examines how a range of visual images - from paintings to music videos – convey cultural, social, and political meanings. Particular focus on how images shape notions of identity and social belonging.
ICSM 10500 Art After Warhol
Explores the influence of Andy Warhol on contemporary art and visual culture - everything from reality television to Thomas Kinkade.
ARTH 28500 Art Since 1960
Offers both a chronological and thematic exploration of contemporary art, art theory, and art institutions. Emphasizes a broad range of art practices such as painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance, installation, and digital art.
ARTH 28600 Where is Contemporary Art?
Explores the intersections of contemporary art and changing ideas of space, place, and globalization since 1990. Uses theoretical insights from cultural geography, sociology, and art theory to help make sense of institutional changes such as the rise of the art biennial and art practices such as site-specificity, interventions in public spaces, relational aesthetics, and radical cartography.
ARTH 29200 Introduction to Museology
Provides a broad introduction to the history of art museums and galleries, explores the role of these institutions in society, and addresses the dilemmas and opportunities that they face in the contemporary world.
ARTH 39500 Performance, Institutional Critique, and the Museum
Addresses the complicated relationship between contemporary artists, art museums, and commercial art galleries since 1960 through a historical investigation of two contemporary art practices: performance art and institutional critique.