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Rebecca Uchill

Full Time Lecturer

Art Education, Art History & Media Studies

508-999-8554

ruchill@umassd.edu

College of Visual & Performing Arts 360A


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An introduction to analyzing images and the visual experience. This course focuses on 'reading' visual phenomena (painting, sculpture, photography, film and digital media) in light of the larger cultural forces which shape our interaction with them. 'Case studies' will introduce selected major movements and personalities within the history of art and visual culture.

An introduction to analyzing images and the visual experience. This course focuses on 'reading' visual phenomena (painting, sculpture, photography, film and digital media) in light of the larger cultural forces which shape our interaction with them. 'Case studies' will introduce selected major movements and personalities within the history of art and visual culture.

An introduction to analyzing images and the visual experience. This course focuses on 'reading' visual phenomena (painting, sculpture, photography, film and digital media) in light of the larger cultural forces which shape our interaction with them. 'Case studies' will introduce selected major movements and personalities within the history of art and visual culture.

An introduction to analyzing images and the visual experience. This course focuses on 'reading' visual phenomena (painting, sculpture, photography, film and digital media) in light of the larger cultural forces which shape our interaction with them. 'Case studies' will introduce selected major movements and personalities within the history of art and visual culture.

A thematic approach to the systematic study of art and architecture. Through intensive reading and discussion, students will work with formal, iconographic, and contextual methodology to produce research papers which consider critically social, economic, political, and/or religious structures that influence and formulate visual art traditions. Objects selected for study will be determined by the instructor.

A critical analysis of selected topics in art history which are not otherwise offered in catalogue listings. May be repeated with change of content.

Selected topics in Art History and the theories that underlie interpretation of them. The seminar will require extensive research, the development of pertinent bibliography, and use appropriate art historical methods. Research will be presented in written and oral formats. Each year the class investigates different topics, so students may take it more than once.

Examination of "land," "site," and "place" in art and cultural production throughout art history of the last half century. From landscapes to environmental art to discourses of "placemaking," this upper-level course will consider a variety of artistic media. Final research projects take the form of "embodied learning" and can include research-based studio projects (with accompanying scholarly papers).

Examination of "land," "site," and "place" in art and cultural production throughout art history of the last half century. From landscapes to environmental art to discourses of "placemaking," this upper-level course will consider a variety of artistic media. Final research projects take the form of "embodied learning" and can include research-based studio projects (with accompanying scholarly papers).

An introduction to art historical methodology with application to studio problems. Oral reports and research papers are required.

BIOGRAPHY

Rebecca Uchill is an art historian and curator whose work focuses on the institutional conditions for art production, display and dissemination. She is currently Editor at Large for Special Projects for Hyperallergic.com, and was formerly Editor-In-Chief of Art Journal Open, a publication of the College Art Association. Uchill is the campus lead of Local Ecologies, a three-campus initiative with UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, and UMass Lowell that invites artists’ perspectives on place-based issues of industrial production, urban development, environmentalism, and sociality in Eastern Massachusetts. Read the Boston Globe review of Local Ecologies here.

Her research on Alexander Dorner has been published in Future Anterior (2015), Antonis Pittas: Road to Victory (Mousse Publishing, 2017), and the edited volume Why Art Museums? The Unfinished Work of Alexander Dorner (MIT Press and RISD Museum, 2018). She is currently finishing her book manuscript with the working title “Alexander Dorner and the Politics of Experience.”

Before coming to UMassD, Uchill was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Art, Science & Technology at MIT, where she co-convened BEING MATERIAL, the second CAST symposium. She is co-editor of Being Material, which was published by MIT Press in October, 2019. Uchill is also co-editor, with Caroline A. Jones and David Mather, of the first CAST publication, Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense (MIT Press, 2016), for which she was also the curator of its many multi-sensorial artist entries.

Uchill has worked as a curator and curatorial consultant at institutions including the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, the Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA. She was co-founder of the event-based-research/curatorial collective Experience Economies, and she served as a program committee member for the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art-North America (now VoCA). She has taught courses in art and architectural history and theory at MIT, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and Tufts University/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and organized workshops at Harvard University, Mildred's Lane, and other venues. Uchill is author and editor of the exhibition catalogues On Procession: Art on Parade (Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2009) and Adrian Schiess: Elusive (Klaus Kehrer Verlag, 2007), and has published scholarly articles, reviews, and interviews in Future Anterior, Journal of Curatorial StudiesASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media ArtMuseum and Curatorial Studies Review, Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation, Hyperallergic, Art New England, and Art Papers. She is the creator of the Random Exhibition Title Generator

Uchill holds a BA, summa cum laude, in Individualized Studies from the Gallatin School at New York University. She received her MA in Art History from Williams College. She completed her PhD at MIT. Her research, which has been presented internationally, has been awarded support from the Social Science Research Council, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the New England Society of Architectural Historians, and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies.


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