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Kirsi Peltomaki

Art History Associate Professor Kirsi Peltomäki

Kirsi Peltomäki
Associate Professor, Art History

541-737-5008 / 213 Fairbanks Hall /

Kirsi Peltomäki holds a Diploma in Fine Art from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland. Her M.F.A. in Art and Critical Studies is from the California Institute of the Arts. She earned both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from the Susan B. Anthony Center for Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Rochester.

Research Interests
Kirsi Peltomäki’s research analyzes the formation of subjects within discreet institutional frameworks of art, and accesses contemporary discourse in critical theory, cultural studies, visual culture, and feminist theory. Her current research focuses on experiential and participatory art, ranging from 1970s conceptual art and institutional critique to adaptations of craft, relational aesthetics, social practice, and installation art. Recent publications include Situation Aesthetics: The Work of Michael Asher (The MIT Press, 2010) and “Affect and Spectatorial Agency: Viewing Institutional Critique in the 1970s” (Art Journal, Winter 2007).

Peltomäki teaches courses on contemporary art, museum studies, modern art, history of design, and art historical methodology. Since the effective practice of teaching art history requires addressing communities that are at once diverse and overlapping, Peltomäki encourages her students to engage in nuanced critical approaches to art in its many emerging forms. In all teacher-student interactions, she promotes diversity of critical thought by challenging ingrained concepts of art and art history. 

Courses Taught
ART 206: History of Western Art (19th Century to the Present)
ART 364: Nineteenth-Century Art
ART 366: History of Art (Art since 1945)
ART 367: History of Design
ART 462: Directions and Issues in Contemporary Art (changing topics)
ART 464: Cultural Studies of the Museum
ART 469: Methods and Theory in Art History

Selected Publications

•    Situation Aesthetics: The Work of Michael Asher (The MIT Press, 2010)
•   "Jiseon Lee Isbara: Piecing Fabric and Life with Thread and Order", in Call + Response, exhibition catalogue (Portland, OR: Museum of Contemporary Craft, 2009, online and print on demand)
•    “Affect and Spectatorial Agency: Viewing Institutional Critique in the 1970s,” Art Journal 66, no. 4 (Winter 2007)
•    “On the Measured Support of Institutional Critique,” Framework: The Finnish Art Review 6 (2007)
•    “Questionable Autonomy,” review of Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 33, no. 2 (November/December 2005)
•    “Common Good, Personal Pleasure,” Framework: The Finnish Art Review 2 (2004)
•    “Scenes from a Museum,” review of The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 27 no. 1 (1999)

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