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Kristine Stiles, France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and (affiliated faculty/German Studies; affiliated faculty/Women's Studies; secondary faculty/Theater Studies)

Kristine Stiles
Contact Info:
Office Location:  Smith Warehouse Bay 10
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2467, (919) 684-2224
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Fall 2015):

    Smith Wrhs A266, MW 10:05 AM-10:55 AM
    Smith Wrhs A266, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Ph.D.University of California, Berkeley1987

Contemporary Art (1945 - Present)
Modern Art
Visual Studies/Visual Culture
Art History
Performance Studies
Theory & Criticism
Documentary Photography
Cultural Studies
Animal Studies
Trauma Studies
20th Century Art
Social Art Practice & Participatory Art
Research Interests:

Current projects: I continue to work on a comprehensive survey of world art since 1945 with Professor Kathy O'Dell, Associate Dean, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

My research concerns all aspects of global contemporary art and theory, with a focus on artists writings and experimental art, from conceptual and performance art to installation and art and technology. I continue to work on destruction in art and feminism, as well as in the fields of trauma studies and visual and cultural studies. Two areas in which my research is growing are curatorial studies and practices, and animal studies with a concentration on horses.


artists writings; modern and contemporary global art; trauma studies; destruction in art; performance, installation, conceptual, and art and technology; documentary photography in the nuclear age; feminism; visual and cultural studies,animal studies

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Ivana Bago  
  • Katherine deVos Devine  
  • Sarah J. Dickens  
  • Camila Maroja  
  • Young Ji Lee  
  • Kency Cornejo  
  • Jasmina Tumbas  
  • Erin Hanas  
  • Mitali Routh  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. K. Stiles and Peter Selz, eds, Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings (2012), University of California Press (2nd, revised, expanded edition edited by Kristine Stiles.)
  2. K. Stiles, ed, Correspondence Course, An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle (2010), Duke University Press (With an Introduction and extensive annotations by Kristine Stiles.)
  3. States of Mind: Dan & Lia Perjovschi (2007), Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; distributed by Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina (With contributions by Andrei Codrescu, Marius Babius and Ruxana Marcoci.)
  4. “Cloud with its Shadow: Marina Abramovic” in Marina Abramovic, in Marina Abramovic (2008), Phaidon, London
  5. Shaved Heads and Marked Bodies: Representations From Cultures of Trauma" (1993), appeared without its 1996 "Afterword" in Bruce Lawrence and Aisha Karim, eds., On Violence: An Anthology (Durham, N.C., Duke University Press); 522-538 (2007) (This essay was originally published in Strategie II: Peuples Mediterraneens [Paris]64/65 (1993): 95-117; it was excerpted in Dan Perjovschi Post R, for the exhibition “Media Culpa,” Bucharest, Romania, 1995; it was reprinted with a new Afterword in Jean O'Barr, Nancy Hewitt, Nancy Rosebaugh, eds., Talking Gender: Public Images, Personal Journeys, and Political Critiques (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996): 36-64; excerpted in Dan Perjovschi: Anthroprogramming (New York: Franklin Furnace, 1996); excerpted in Lusitania [New York] 6 (1994): 23-39; excerpted in German in kursiv [Linz, Austria] 2-3. (1995): 19-25; excerpted in numerous Romanian journals 1994-present..) [html]
  6. Burden of Light, in Chris Burden (2007), Newcastle England: Merrell and Locus Plus
  7. Teaching a Dead Hand to Draw, Kim Jones, War and Art, in Kim Jones: A Retrospective (2007)
  8. Negative Affirmative: San Francisco Bay Area Art, 1974-1981, in Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, edited by Paul Schimmel (2011), pp. 27-43, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, ISBN 978-3791351391
  9. Conversation with William Pope.L, in The Voice of Images (2012), pp. 181-193, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
  10. Uncorrupted Joy: International Art Actions, in Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object 1949-1979, Paul Schimmel Edition (1998), pp. 226-238, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art [pdf]
  11. Metzger's Fierce, Poignant, and Prescient Manifestos, Rett Kopi: A Norwegian Journal of Art and Aesthetics (2006)
  12. Performance, in Critical Terms for Art History, 2nd Edition, edited by Robert Nelson and Richard Shiff (2003), pp. 75-97, Chicago: University of Chicago
Selected Invited Lectures

  1. “Ever so Far at Close Shooting Range: Warhol’s Polaroid Photographs", 2010, Department of Art History at the Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.    
  2. “Whose Ethics? Principles and Standards in Age of Global Art", 2010, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar    
  3. “Global Techniques of Performance”, 2010, Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst, Salzburg, Austria.    
  4. “World Trends and Contemporary Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art”, 2010, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis.    
  5. “Eastern European Performance in the 1970s and early 1980s”, 2010, Museum of Modern Art, New York City.    
  6. “Mind Control and Remote Viewing, Uses and Abuses of Traumatic Dissociation”, 2010, University of California, Santa Cruz    
  7. “‘Props for the Memory’, or Joseph Beuys and the Legacy of Fascism", 2010, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia.    
  8. “Ever so Far at Close Shooting Range: Warhol’s Polaroid Photographs”, 2009, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University    
  9. “Wild Artists and Radical Events: Writing about Experimental Art, Trauma & Artist’s Writings”, 2009, Chautauqua Lecture series, Duke University    
  10. "Thinking about Artists' Writings", December 4, 2008, at, Budapest, Hungary    

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