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Art and Art History

Miguel de Baca

Miguel de Baca

Associate Professor of Art History


PhD, Harvard University, 2009 
BA, Stanford University, 2002 

Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter of California, 2001

Research Interests

Modern and contemporary American art history, with an emphasis on cultural history and American studies; memory studies; photography and the history of imaging practices in new media

Courses Taught

ARTH 110: Introduction to Visual Arts 
ARTH 217: Nineteenth Century Art
ARTH 218: Twentieth Century Art 
ARTH 219: American Art [cross-listed as AMST 219]
ARTH 222: History of Photography
ARTH 323: Monuments and Memory
ARTH 326: Gender & Identity in Modern Art [formerly “Feminist and Gay Identity”; cross-listed as GSWS 326]
ARTH 355: Art of the Sixties 
ARTH 360: Contemporary Art
ARTH 485: Senior Seminar | Means & Methods of Art Historians


Memory Work: Anne Truitt and Sculpture. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2015.

Blurred Boundaries: La Muerte en su Carreta as Artifact and Symbol.” In Locating American Art: Finding Art’s Meaning in Museums. Edited by Cynthia Fowler. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2016.

Conflict, Identity, and Protest in American Art. Newcastle-­upon-­Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. Eds. Miguel de Baca and Makeda Best. 

“Minimalism,” “Southwest Modernism,” “Anne Truitt” and “Washington Colour School.” Entries in Routledge Encycopaedia of Modernism. London: Routledge, 2016. 

“The Geldzahler Portfolio as AIDS Activism,” Art in Print, March/April 2014. 

“Object Narrative: Death Cart (La Muerte en su Carreta).” Initiative for the Study of the Material and Visual Cultures of Religion at Yale University (a web-­based collaborative publication), 2014.

Review of Michael Moon, Darger’s Resources (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012). caa.reviews, 2013.

“Frames of Reference: Lisa Blas’s Meet Me at the Mason Dixon.” Meet Me at the Mason Dixon. Exhibition catalog. Gettysburg, PA: Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College, 2011.

“Historical Essay, 1965-present.” Latinos and Latinas in US History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2010. 

Hardcastle (1962): Anne Truitt and the Trauma of Minimalism.” Athanor  26. Tallahassee, FL: Museum of Fine Arts/Florida State University, 2008.

Conferences Organized

“Conflict, Identity, and Protest in American Art,” Annual Meeting of the College Art Association, Chicago, IL, 2014.

“Clement Greenberg at 100: Looking Back to Modern Art,” Harvard University, 2009

Conference Presentations

“Broken Bodies in the Landscape,” Damage, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in conjunction with the Boston University Department of Art History, 2008

Hardcastle (1962): Anne Truitt and the Trauma of Minimalism,” 25th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium, Florida State University, 2007

“Blurred Boundaries: The Death Cart Object in Martha Graham’s El Penitente (1941),” Festival of Original Theater, University of Toronto, 2005 

“Martha Graham, Georgia O’Keeffe: Dance and Visuality in Modernist New Mexico,” The New American Art History, Yale University, 2004

“All in Good Sport? Charles Dana Gibson’s Illustrations of New Women as Athletes,” Symposium on Women’s and Gender History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004 

Academic Lectures and Speaking Engagements

“Reddish-­Orangish-­Purple Blue-­Black: Anne Truitt and the Color of Sculpture,” School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2015.

“’Not Painted Sculpture’: Anne Truitt and Color,” at The Color of Sculpture, Southeastern College Art Conference, Sarasota, FL, 2014.

“Bolt, Out, Jag: Anne Truitt in Tokyo, 1964-­‐‑1967,” Modern Art Colloquium, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, 2013.

“In the Light of Cuban Eyes,” in conjunction with an exhibition of contemporary Cuban photography, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, 2012.

“A Conversation with Lisa Blas.” Invited guest of Gettysburg College, in conjunction with the gallery opening of Meet Me at the Mason Dixon, Gettysburg, PA, 2011

“The Art of Collecting.” North Shore Art League, Winnetka, IL, 2011

“iObject: Art Since the Millennium.” Invited guest of the Mellon-Mays Graduate Initiatives. The Allerton Hotel, Chicago, IL, 2011

“In Memory of Minimalism.” University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy, Tokyo, Japan, 2010

“Two Degrees of Separation: The Past, Present, and Future.” Headlined a moderated panel on geopolitical, industrial, and technological change post-9/11. Personal comments focused on impacts of market economies on pedagogy and undergraduate education. Invited by the Stanford Alumni Association in conjunction with Stanford University Reunion Homecoming, Palo Alto, CA, 2007

“European Modernism in New York.” Invited lecture to the Friends of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, onsite at The Frick Collection, Neue Galerie, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 2007

Selected Fellowships and Awards

William L. Dunn Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarly Promise, Lake Forest College, 2014

Endowed professorship: Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Assistant Professor in the Humanities, 2013

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Career Enhancement Fellowship, 2012

Great Lakes College Association Travel Grant, Tokyo, Japan, 2010

Harvard University Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2008-2009 

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Mellon Mays Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2008-2009

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center Scholarship, Santa Fe, NM, 2008 (declined)

Garden and Landscape Studies Junior Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, 2007-2008  

Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Cambridge, MA, 2007-2008

Smithsonian American Art Museum Predoctoral Fellowship, Washington, DC, 2007 

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning Award, Harvard University, 2006

Professional Affiliations

Association of the Historians of American Art

College Art Association