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Janet Catherine Berlo

  • Professor Emerita

PhD, Art History, Yale University, 1980

513 Morey Hall
(585) 275-9249

Research Overview

Research Interests

  • Native American art and visual culture
  • The politics of representation
  • Museum studies and critique
  • Quilt, craft, and “folk art”
  • History and historiography
  • Issues of materiality both old and new

Graduate Courses Taught

  • AHST 414:  Beyond the Boundaries: Folk and Outsider Art
  • AHST 476:  Gender & Representation
  • AHST 477:  The Museum and 'the Other'
  • AHST 585:  Visual Culture of Heritage and Identity
  • AHST 598:  Object Lessons

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • SART 209:  Writing on Art
  • AHST 214:  Beyond the Boundaries: Folk and Outsider Art
  • AHST 276:  Gender & Representation
  • AHST 277:  The Museum and 'the Other'
  • AHST 398:  Senior Seminar: Object Lessons

Selected Publications

Selected recent and forthcoming publications (in addition to essays and catalogue entries in major exhibition catalogues of Native American art published in France, Germany, and the United States).

  • “Beyond the Mirror: Indigenous Ecologies and ‘New Materialisms’ in Contemporary Art,” Third Text 120: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, ed. T.J. Demos.  January 2013 (co-authored with Jessica Horton)
  • “Changing Hands, Shifting Paradigms: Materiality, Craft, and Identity in 21st Century Native Art,” American Indian Art Magazine  38(3), summer 2013, pp. 58-69 (co-authored with Alexander Brier Marr)
  • “Transgressing Borders: Miguel Covarrubias and the Development of Native American Art History,” in Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line, ed. Carolyn Kastner. Santa Fe: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Research Center, forthcoming 2014
  • “Navajo Sandpainting in the Age of Cross-cultural Replication,” in Theorizing Imitation in a Global Context, ed. Paul Duro. (forthcoming in special issue of journal Art History, 2014)
  • “Pueblo Indian Painting in 1932: Folding Narratives of Native Art into American Art History,” in The Blackwell Companion to American Art History, edited by J. Greenhill, J. Davis, & J. LaFountain, London: Blackwell, forthcoming 2014. (co-authored with Jessica Horton)
  • “A Gathering Place: Relationality in Contemporary Native Installation Art” in Native Art Now!  ed. V. Passalacqua and K. Morris, Indianapolis: The Eiteljorg Museum, forthcoming, 2014. (co-authored with Jessica Horton)
  • José Bedia: Transcultural Pilgrim, Los Angeles: Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA, 2011 (exhibition catalogue, co-authored with Judith Bettelheim)
  • “The Body in the White Box: Corporeal Ethics and Museum Representation,” J. Marstine, ed., Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics:  Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum, NY: Routledge Press, 2011, pp. 353-378. (co-authored with Mara Gladstone)
  • “Navajo Cosmoscapes: Up, Down, Within,” Smithsonian Journal of American Art, Vol. 25 (1), 2011, pp. 10-13

Selected Awards/Grants

  • NEH Fellowship for College Teachers, 2012-2013
  • Center for Craft and Creativity Fellowship, 2012
  • Distinguished Mellon Scholar in Residence, Department of Art History. U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2007
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1999-2000
  • Getty Senior Scholar Collaborative Grant, 1994-6

Current Projects

  • Native North American Art, Oxford U. Press (co-authored with Ruth Phillips, second revised and expanded edition, forthcoming 2014)
  • Not Native American Art: Falsifications, Misrepresentations, and Vexed Identities. (Book manuscript to be completed 2014)