My research examines visual art of early modern Northern Europe with emphases on historical techniques of printing images and collecting in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the historiography of art history. My dissertation project, “‘Was sichst Du?’: The Instrumentation of Sight in Early Modern Visual Anomalies,” considers the role of mobile viewers for early sixteenth-century images made in Southern Germany. I explore how artistic innovations of the period intersected with established viewing habits and concepts of memory and vision, and supported assertions of social identity in Reformation-era Europe.
My publications include contributions to the exhibition catalogues, Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs, ed. Rhoda Eitel-Porter (New York: The Morgan, 2010), Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House, ed. Jocelyn Gibbs and Nicholas Olsberg (Santa Barbara: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, 2012), and selections in the “Datebook” columns of Art + Auction magazine (2009-2010).
At the University of California, Santa Barbara, I have lectured on modern and contemporary art history and designed a course on art and architecture of early twentieth-century Germany, in addition to serving as a Teaching Assistant for courses on ancient through late twentieth-century Western art and architectural history. My teaching methods promote discussion and emphasize synthesizing period discourse with images in focused written assessments. Attending to the materiality, spatial presence, and temporality of artifacts from cultural contexts different from their own, my students develop skills in critical viewing and writing about works of art.
Past research appointments include an assistantship at the Architectural Drawings Collection of the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and curatorial internships the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and The Morgan, New York, where I investigated topics in twentieth-century American and European architecture, modern and contemporary drawings, and networks of artists, gallerists, and museum directors. From 2008 through 2010, I served as a gallery docent for the Neue Galerie New York.