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Gennifer Weisenfeld, Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Gennifer Weisenfeld
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Office Location:  114 S. Buchanan Blvd. Smith Warehouse 10, Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-6051
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Teaching (Fall 2022):

  • Arthist 716s.01, Fascism east and west Synopsis
    Smith wrhs a290, M 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
  • Arthist 723s.01, Grant writing and prospectus Synopsis
    Smith wrhs a266, MW 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
Office Hours:

Wednesdays 11:30-1:00

Ph.D. Princeton University 1997
M.A. Princeton University 1992
B.A. Wesleyan University 1987

Japanese Art
Art History
Visual Studies/Visual Culture
Modern Art
History of Photography
Design History
Visual Culture of Disaster
Research Interests:

Gennifer Weisenfeld received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Japanese Art History. Her field of research is modern and contemporary Japanese art history, design, and visual culture. Her work explores the impact of Japan's modern sociopolitical transformations on artistic production and practice; the cultural formations of nation and empire building; Japanese modernism; the politics of the avant-garde; the visual culture of disaster; commercial design; and the relationship between high art and popular culture.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Weisenfeld, GS, Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan’s Great Earthquake of 1923 (2012), Berkeley: University of California Press [book.php].
  2. Weisenfeld, GS, Mavo: Japanese Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1931 (2002), Berkeley: University of California Press [book.php[abs].
  3. Weisenfeld, GS, Japanese Typographic Design and the Art of Letterforms, in Bridges to Heaven: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Wen C. Fong, edited by Silbergeld, Jerome, ; Ching, Dora C. Y., ; Smith, Judith G., ; Murck, Alfreda, (2011), pp. 827-848, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University in association with Princeton University Press [repository].
  4. Weisenfeld, GS, Publicity and Propaganda in 1930s Japan: Modernism as Method, Design Issues, vol. 25 no. 4 (Fall, 2009), pp. 13-28, M I T PRESS [repository].
  5. Weisenfeld, GS, Selling Shiseido: Cosmetics Advertising & Design in Early 20th-Century Japan (2008), MIT Visualizing Cultures (Visualizing Cultures Website, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.) [html[abs].
  6. Weisenfeld, GS, Reinscribing Tradition in a Transnational Art World, in Asian art history in the twenty-first century, edited by Desai, VN (2007), pp. 181-198, Yale University Press [repository[abs].
  7. Weisenfeld, GS, ‘From Baby’s First Bath’: Kao Soap and Modern Japanese Commercial Design, The Art Bulletin, vol. LXXXVI no. 3 (September, 2004), pp. 573-598 [repository].
  8. Weisenfeld, GS, Nihon ni okeru Shōgyō Dezainshi to Sono Kenkyū (Art History and the Study of Japanese Commercial Design), Bijutsu Forum, vol. 21 (November, 2001), pp. 123-130.
  9. Weisenfeld, GS, Touring Japan-as-Museum: NIPPON and Other Japanese Imperialist Travelogues, in Visual Cultures of Japanese Imperialism, edited by Weisenfeld, G, Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, vol. 8 no. 3 (Winter, 2000), pp. 747-793, Duke University Press.
  10. Weisenfeld, GS, Japanese Modernism and Consumerism: Forging the New Artistic Field of Shōgyō Bijutsu, in Being Modern in Japan, edited by Tipton, E; Clark, J (2000), pp. 75-98, Sydney, Australian Humanities Research Foundation.
  11. Weisenfeld, GS, Designing After Disaster: Barrack Decoration and the Great Kanto Earthquake, Japanese Studies, vol. 18 no. 3 (1998), pp. 229-246 [repository].
  12. Weisenfeld, GS, Mavo’s ‘Conscious Constructivism’: Art, Individualism, and Daily Life in Interwar Japan, Art Journal, vol. 55 no. 3 (Fall, 1996), pp. 64-73 [repository].

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