Joyce Cheng

Associate Professor
History of Art and Architecture
Research Interests:
European modern art & poetics, history of the avant-garde, primitivism, Dada, surrealism, critical theory, methodological issues in art history & visual culture
Phone: 541-346-3677
Office: 237D Lawrence Hall

Research Interests

European modern art & poetics, history of the avant-garde, primitivism, Dada, surrealism, critical theory, methodological issues in art history & visual culture

Trained broadly as a historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century European art, I specialize in the visual arts, poetics, aesthetic theories, and the cultural and intellectual history of the interwar period. I have published articles and book chapters on Symbolism, Dada, surrealism and the art theories of Carl Einstein. I am currently finishing a book on the intersection between surrealism and ethnography in the European interward period entitled The Persistence of Masks: Surrealism, Ethnography and the Vicissitude of the Subject.

Selected Publications

“The Rhetoric of Hello Kitty,” in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, vol. 71-72, December 2019, pp. 265-283.

“Paris Dada and the Transfiguration of Boredom,” in Modernism/modernity, vol. 24, no. 2, 2017, pp. 599-627.

“Cardboard Toys and Dancing Marionettes: Play, Materiality and Agency in Zurich Dada,” in Virgin Microbe: New Dada Studies (Northwestern University Press, 2013), pp. 275-309

“Georges Braque et l’anthropologie de l’image onirique de Carl Einstein,” in Gradhiva, no. 14, November 2011, pp. 144-161.

“Immanence Out of Sight: Formal Rigor and Ritual Function in Carl Einstein’s Negerplastik,” RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, no. 55-56, spring/autumn 2009, special issue “Absconding,” pp. 87-102.

“Mask, Mimicry, Metamorphosis: Roger Caillois, Walter Benjamin and Surrealism in the 1930s,” in Modernism/modernity, vol. 16, no. 1, January 2009, pp. 61-86.

Selected Courses

Survey courses
Introduction to Visual Culture
History of Western Art (III): Baroque to the Present
Modern Art, 1880-1950

Upper-division courses (undergraduate & graduate)
Critical Approaches to Studies in Art History
Modern French Painting
Dada: Art and Beyond
Surrealism
Primitivism and Modern Art
The Avant-Garde
Decadence: Art and Culture in Fin de Siècle

Graduate seminars
What Is Abstraction?
Art, Work & Play
Style: Art, Architecture, Design & Fashion
Play, Toys, Games
From the Hand to the Machine: Theories of Making
Art History Research & Method