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Allison Myers
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Profile
Allison Myers is a writer, curator and art historian specializing in contemporary art and critical theory. She is broadly interested in cultural stereotypes and the impact they have on the way we see, experience, and create works of art. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, where her dissertation examined cultural translations and stereotypes surrounding French art in the United States during the long 1970s. In a forthcoming book chapter, “Materialist Translations of Maoism in the Work of Supports/Surfaces,” she discusses how members of the 1970s French group Supports/Surfaces used the concept of materialism as a fulcrum to connect visual abstraction to Maoist and Marxist political theory. Her current book project, American Art and the Protestant Work Ethic, examines how the ethics and aesthetics of labor have shaped the development of American art, from the Hudson River School through the task-oriented performances of Chris Burden and others in the 1970s. She has curated exhibitions at UT Austin’s Visual Arts Center, including Everyday Ogres: Tania Mouraud and Fool’s Romance: Books from Aeromoto. She has additionally held curatorial fellowships at The Menil Collection, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin. Allison is also a letterpress printer and founder of Breach Press – a bilingual small press dedicated to translation work.
Education
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Contact Information
V212 Visual Arts Building
Areas of Expertise
Contemporary Art
Critical Theory