Assistant Professor of Art History
Kristin Romberg (Ph.D., Columbia University) specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art, with particular focus on media and design. Her current book project re-examines Russian constructivism as an embedded aesthetics by exploring the work of one of the movement's founders, Aleksei Gan, as a political organizer and maker of mass-media objects. She is contributing to a major exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago entitled Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test, and curating an exhibition of contemporary art at Krannert Art Museum entitled Propositions on Revolution, which explores revolution as a broad conceptual category. Both open in fall of 2017. Her articles have appeared in both English and Russian publications, including October, Artforum, and the anthology Formy i struktury. Antologiia rossiiskogo modernizma (Forms and Structures: Anthology of Russian Modernism, 2014). In 2005, she was the curator, along with Richard Anderson, of the exhibition Architecture in Print: Design and Debate in the Soviet Union, 1919-1935 at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery.
Professor Romberg’s research has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, American Council of Teachers of Russian, the Harriman Institute, Center for the Study of Modern Art at the Phillips Collection, and George Washington University, and the Getty Research Institute.
At UIUC, she is also affiliated with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Slavic Languages and Literatures, REEES, and the European Union Center.