Associate Professor of Art History
Kristin Romberg (PhD, Columbia University) specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art, with particular focus on media and design. Her book Gan's Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism (University of California Press, 2018) re-examines Russian constructivism by exploring the work of one of the movement's founders, Aleksei Gan, as a political organizer and maker of mass-media objects. Recent curatorial projects include contributions to Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2020), Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test (Art Institute of Chicago, 2017), and Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future) (Krannert Art Museum, 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 the University of Illinois, she is also affiliated with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Slavic Languages and Literatures, REEES, and the European Union Center.