Alyssa Rose Bralower
Dissertation: "Ellen Auerbach's Transnational Attachments: Photography, Gender, and the Grey Zones of Modernity" follows the career of the German Jewish photographer Ellen Auerbach across Germany, Palestine, and the U.S. Auerbach is best known through her collaboration with Grete Stern as the photography duo ringl+pit and were acclaimed in Berlin for their experimental commercial women's advertisements. In 1933, ringl+pit closed due to the rise of National Socialism, and Auerbach continued her photographic practice abroad. In Palestine, she produced children's portraiture and made photographs for the Women's International Zionist Organization. In the U.S. she produced child development films for the Menninger Clinic. A study of Auerbach's body of work not only explores the relations between photography and gendered labor but also the connections between mother-child relationships, nation-building projects, and idealized performances of citizenship. Ultimately, my study sheds light on the ways that modernist aesthetics were wielded towards both radical and regressive ends in the mid-twentieth century.
Sharayah L. Cochran
Interests: Histories and theories of photography, 20th-century American art, archives, mass media and picture magazines, and critical museum theory
Interests: Ethics of representation, commemorations and memorials, trauma and memory studies, conflict, peace and reconciliation studies, art and human rights, and forensic architecture
Interests: Architecture, medieval South Asia, and gender
Interests: 19th-century British art, works on paper, Orientalism, and collecting and museum practices
Dissertation topic: The Robert Hay, Esq. expedition to Egypt
Interests: 18th- and 19th-century France, museums and academies, the history of collecting, the art market, World War II–era provenance, and cultural property law
Dissertation: "Visual Provenance: The Iconography of Cultural Conquest in France, 1796–1830"
Interests: Art-architecture-environment site histories and fieldwork, Indigenous studies, feminist technoscience, settler colonialisms, speculative practices, and museums
Interests: American art of the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of photography, medical representations of the body, gender and queer theory, race and indigeneity, and disability studies.
Dissertation: "Down to a Science: The Vestiges of Medical Photography in American Fine Art, 1860–2000"
Minor: South American Photography
Interests: Latin American modern and contemporary art particularly print media, photography, colonial studies, contemporary urban cultural production, the history of collecting and displaying in South America, artistic and intellectual networks, visual culture and politics, and questions of race and gender
Dissertation: "Public Aesthetics: Print Media Practices and Print Studios in Brazil, Colombia, and Chile from the 1960s through the 1980s"
Interests: Contemporary African art, West African and diasporic photography, critical race theory, borders, archival disruptions, port cities, portrait photography, representations of race and gender, the power of absence, and bodily presence
Interests: American painting 1880–1920
Interests: Early modern era, northern Italian courts, gender and sexuality, women's collecting and patronage practices, and domestic space
Interests: Contemporary art, craft materials, gender and sexuality, the art/craft divide, and feminist art
Interests: Modern Latin American art, Mexican muralism, and woman muralists
Angela Ting (they/them)
Interests: modern and contemporary American art, conceptual art, critical theory, queer and trans studies, neoliberalism, and cinema studies