Dr. Brett M. Van Hoesen
Assistant Professor of Art History
History of Modern and Contemporary Art; Theory and Criticism
Office: 116 Jot Travis Building
Tel: (775) 784-6639
Office Hours (Fall 2013): Thursdays 3-4pm.
- Ph.D., History of Art, University of Iowa, 2009
- T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellow, held in Berlin, 2003-2004
- DAAD Fellow, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, 2002-2003
- Ford Foundation Crossing Borders Fellow, University of Iowa, 2000-2002
- M.A., History of Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1998
- B.A., Art with emphasis in Art History, minor in Dance, 1993
Areas of Specialization
- European Modern and Contemporary Art
- German Art, 1900-present
- Dada (Berlin and Zurich Dada, with emphasis on collage and photomontage)
- Visual Culture of the Weimar Republic
- German Colonial Studies
- Sound Art
- History of the Object and Museum Studies
- African Art
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “Hannah Höch’s Aus einem ethnographischen Museum series and Weimar Postcolonialism,” commissioned exhibition catalogue essay for Whitechapel Gallery, London and Prestel Verlag, (in preparation, 2014).
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “The Culture of Critique?: Avant-Garde and Popular Press Photomontage in the Age of Weimar Postcolonialism.” In Weimar Colonialism, edited by Florian Krobb and Elaine Martin. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, (in press, 2014).
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “Weimar Postcolonial Politics and the Rhineland Controversy.” In German Cultures of Colonialism: Race, Nation and Globalization, 1884-1945, edited by Geoff Eley and Bradley D. Naranch. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, (in press, 2014).
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “An alle Künstler!”: The Politics of Place in Max Pechstein’s Images of Palau.” In Beyond Guernica and the Guggenheim: Comparative Studies in the Relationship Between Art and Politics, edited by Zoe Bray. Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, (in press, 2014).
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “Between Truth and Falsehood.” Commissioned exhibition catalogue essay for “Chris Bauder: Don't Tear My Playhouse Down.” Oats Park Art Center, Churchill Arts Council, Fallon, NV, (in preparation, 2013) (2000 words).
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “Exhibition review of “Kim Abeles: From Studio to Street,” Nevada Museum of Art, commissioned by caa.reviews, College Art Association (in preparation, 2013).
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “Town and City.” Commissioned exhibition catalogue essay for “Evan Dent: Boomtown / Rossitza Todorova: City Introspections." Oats Park Art Center, Churchill Arts Council, Fallon, NV. August 2013, pp. 6-9, (2000 words).
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “Carl Einstein and the Lessons of László Moholy-Nagy.” In Carl Einstein and the European Avant-Garde, edited by Nicola Creighton and Andreas Kramer, 122-134. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2012.
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “From Pop Icon to Postmodern Kitsch: Michael Jackson and Contemporary Art.” In Michael Jackson: Grasping the Spectacle, edited by Christopher Smit, 81-100. Farnham, Surrey, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012.
Van Hoesen, Brett M., co-authored with Jean-Paul Perrotte. “Sound Art – New Only in Name: A Selected History of German Sound Works from the Last Century.” In Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century, edited by Florence Feiereisen and Alexandra Merley Hill, 141-156. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “Who Knows Tomorrow: Berlin and Beyond.” (Exhibition review) Nka – Journal for Contemporary African Art (Duke University Press Journals), v. 28 (September 2011): 76-85.
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “Postcolonial Cosmopolitanism: Constructing the Weimar New Woman out of a Colonial Imaginary.” In The New Woman International: Photographic Representations from the 1870s through the 1960s, edited by Elizabeth Otto and Vanessa Rocco with introduction by Linda Nochlin, 95-114. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2011.
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “Notes from the Frontline.” n.paradoxa (international feminist art journal) v. 26 (July 2010): 77.
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “Re-Visioning Germany's Colonial Past: Tactics of Weimar Photomontage and Documentary Photography.” In German Colonialism, Visual Culture, and Modern Memory, edited by Volker Langbehn. London and New York: Routledge, January 2010.
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “West of Worcester: Reflections on Grad Night.” Keynote essay for exhibition of work by recent MFA and BFA graduates of the University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada College, June 2009 (2000 words). Published online: Link
Van Hoesen, Brett M. Three essay : "Guerrilla Girls," "November Group," and "Spartacist Uprising." In International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, edited by Immanuel Ness. Malden, MA and Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009 (each essay 800 words). Published in hard copy and online: Link
Van Hoesen, Brett M. Weimar Re-Visions of Germany’s Colonial Past: Max Pechstein, Hannah Höch, and László Moholy-Nagy. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 2009.
Van Hoesen, Brett M. “The Short Century: Constructing a Contemporary Critical Biography of Africa.” New Art Examiner 31 (January/February, 2002): 36-41.
Fellowships and Grants
Dr. Van Hoesen has received funding for her research from the Ford Foundation (Crossing Borders Program), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Junior Faculty Research Grant Program (UNR), Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant Program (UNR), and the Scholar in Residence Program at the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
ART 261 Art History Survey II, Global Perspective
ART 365 Contemporary Art (required for all Art and Art History majors)
ART 472 19th Century Art
ART 473 20th Century Art
ART 484 Gender and Art History
ART 487 German Art, 1900 - present
ART 493 Seminar: Dada and the Anti-Art Aesthetic
ART 737 Graduate Seminar: Art Theory and Criticism
Prior to joining the faculty at UNR, Dr. Van Hoesen served as the Visiting Instructor for Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She has also held museum internships at the Busch-Reisinger Museum and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Over the past several years, Dr. Van Hoesen has been involved with the Nevada Museum of Art, delivering a number of public lectures and providing docent training in Art History. She travels regularly for national and international conferences. In summer of 2012, Dr. Van Hoesen taught a course in Contemporary Art in Torino, Italy, for the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). http://www.unr.edu/art/usactorino.html