Joyce Cheng

Associate Professor
History of Art and Architecture
Research Interests:
Modern Art (1880-1950)
Phone: 541-346-3677
Office: 237D Lawrence Hall

Research Interests

European modern art & poetics, history of the avant-garde, primitivism, Dada, surrealism, boredom studies

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. My current projects include a book-length study on the mask in surrealism, and another on the role of boredom in modernism and the avant-garde.

Selected Publications

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

“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 [peer-reviewed]

“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 [peer-reviewed]

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

Selected Courses Taught

ARH 206

ARH 300

ARH 353

ARH 358

ARH 4|510

ARH 4|510

ARH 4|510

CHC 400

ARH 4|507

ARH 607

ARH 607

ARH 611

Western Art III

Critical Approaches to Studies in Art History

Modern Art 1880-1950

History of Design

Dada: Art & Beyond

Fin de Siècle Europe: Art and Culture

Surrealism: Art, Literature, Cinema


Style: Art, Architecture, Design and Fashion

Play, Toys, Games

What is Abstraction?

Art Historical Theories and Methodologies