Paul Wilson

Associate Professor, Department of Art History
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Contemporary Art and Museum Studies
Phone:(607) 274-3281
Office:G116 Gannett Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Art History

M.A. University of Minnesota, Art History

B.A. Whitman College, Art History

Research Interests:

My primary areas of interest are: Art since 1990, Utopia, Nostalgia, Globalization, Photography, Performance, and Film.  Recent publications include: "Repetition without Reproduction: Esko Männikkö’s The Female Pike" in Photography & Culture (2016), Monumental Indifference in Tallinn" in Public Art Dialogue 5:2 (2015), and "The Photographic Object: Utopia in Zwelethu Mthethwa's Interiors" in Photographies 8:1 (2015). Current research projects focus on retrofuturism and Afrofuturism in contemporary art.


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 Art and Globalization

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 Museum Studies

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.

ARTH 49000 Seminar: History, Memory, Nostalgia

Investigates how contemporary artists visualize, question, and reimagine the past.

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