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Rachel Haidu

  • (on leave for academic year 2021-22)
  • Associate Professor of Art History

PhD, Art History, Columbia University, 2003

506A Morey Hall
(585) 275-4112
Fax: (585) 442-1692

Graduate Courses Taught

  • AHST 525:  Authorship: Art and Value of Politics
  • AHST 525:  Authorship: Anxiety of Influence
  • AHST 583:  Visual and Cultural Studies Colloquium
  • AHST 584:  Research Seminar in Visual and Cultural Studies
  • AHST 598:  History of Avant Garde

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • AHST 128:  Modern Art
  • AHST 130:  History of Photography
  • AHST 212:  What Photo Is
  • AHST 215:  Seminar in Contemporary Art: Advanced Histories and Theories of Photographies
  • AHST 215:  Seminar in Contemporary Art: The Sixties
  • AHST 325:  Authorship: Art and Value of Politics
  • AHST 398:  Senior Seminar: The Avant Gardes

Selected Publications


  • The Absence of Work: Marcel Broodthaers 1964-1976  (October Books/MIT Press, September 2010)

Essays in Edited Volumes and Art Catalogues

  • “Rainer-Hayes: Transmission in Real Time,” Postscript (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013)
  • “Women at Home: Yvonne Rainer and Martha Rosler,” in French Theory and American Art (Sternberg Press and [SIC], 2013)
  • “Three Early Works by James Coleman,” James Coleman (Madrid: Museo Reina Sofia, 2012)
  • “Images of the World and the Inscription of History,” Gerhard Richter Panorama (London, Paris, Berlin: Tate Modern/Centre Georges Pompidou/Neue Nationalgalerie, 2011)
  • “I inhabit a cube,” Sol LeWitt Structures 1965-2006 (New York: Public Art Fund, 2011)
  • “The Time of Instytut Awangardy,” in Avant-garde in the Bloc (Warsaw: Foksal Gallery Foundation, 2010)
  • “Arrogant Texts: Gerhard Richter/Roland Barthes,” Gerhard Richter (Cambridge and London: October Files/MIT Books, 2009)
  • “Précarité, autorité, autonomie,” Communities of Sense (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2009)
  • “Saute ma ville,” in (1968), edited by Cathy Crane and Nicholas Muellner (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009)
  • “Use,” When Things Cast No Shadow: 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (Berlin: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2008)
  • “Max Becher/Andrea Robbins,” Vitamin Ph (London: Phaidon, 2006)
  • “Laughter,” Part Object Part Sculpture, edited by Helen Molesworth (Columbus, OH: Wexner Center for the Arts, 2005)
  • “Les Utopies précaires de Thomas Hirschhorn,” Thomas Hirschhorn: Musée Précaire Albinet (Paris: Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers/Éditions Xavier Barral, 2005)


  • I am a contributor to Art Journal,Artforum, October, Obieg (Warsaw) and Texte zur Kunst.

Selected Awards/Grants

  • Sterling and Francine Clark Institute of Art fellowship (2012)
  • Susan B. Anthony Institute Faculty Research Grant (2006, 2011)
  • Whiting Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (2002-2003)
  • Belgian-American Educational Fellowship (2002-2003)
  • Dedalus Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (2001-2002)
  • Chester Dale Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2000-2001)
  • Matisse Fellow in Modern Art at Columbia University (1999-2000)
  • Presidential Fellow, Columbia University, New York (1997-1999)
  • Endowed Fellow, H.L. Lobsenz Fellowship Fund at Columbia University (1989-1991)


  • Member, Academic Administration Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Rochester
  • Member, Board of Academic Honesty, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Rochester
  • Affiliate, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, 2005-present
  • Affiliate, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, 2005-present
  • Member of Academic Council, Skalny Center of Eastern and Central European Studies, 2004-present
  • Nominated faculty advisor, AAHUC (Art and Art History Undergraduate Council), Spring 2008-2010
  • Nominated faculty representative, College Diversity Roundtable, Office of Student Minority Affairs, University of Rochester, October 2004-2009
  • Junior Faculty Development Group, Member, 2003-2006

Current Projects

  • The Knot of Influence, book in progress
  • "Influence/Transmission," in Time: A Vocabulary (NYU Press, 2014)
  • "Suspending Painting" in Andrzej Wróblewski (Warsaw: Museum of Modern Art and American Academy of Rome, 2014)