Patricia Berman

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(781) 283-2048
B.A., Hampshire College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University
JAC 359
Patricia Gray Berman
Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art

Art historian specializing in the art and visual culture of the late 19th-, 20th-, and 21st centuries. 

My research interests include turn-of-the-(20th) century European art, especially in Scandinavia, and mid-century modern American painting and photography. I am particularly interested in national identity formation, issues of gender and sexuality, and in the problems of public space. My books include studies of the artists Edvard Munch and James Ensor, and of Danish painting in the nineteenth century.

I teach at all levels of the curriculum, including our foundation courses. My teaching includes surveys of modern art, contemporary art, and the history of photography, and upper-level seminars, including propaganda and persuasion, the Bauhaus, Nationalisms and Modern Art, Installation Art, and The Body in Modernity. The Davis Museum is a critical part of my teaching -- it is available as a remarkable laboratory and resource. One of my favorite courses has been "Cold War Modern," co-taught with Martin Brody in the Music Department, a study of New York music, art, and design in light of post-war politics and consumerism. From 2010-2015, I held a faculty position at the University of Oslo (Norway), where I continue to be part of a research project entitled "Edvard Munch, Modernism, and Modernity."

Curatorial work has included “Munch|Warhol and the Multiple Print” (2013, New York and Ankara, Turkey); “Luminous Modernism: Scandinavian Art Comes to America, A Centennial Retrospective 1912\2012"" (2011, American-Scandinavian Foundation); ""In Munch's Laboratory: The Path to the Aula"" (2011, Munch Museum, Oslo), “Edvard Munch and the Modern Life of the Soul” (2006, Museum of Modern Art, NY); “Cold War Modern: The Domesticated Avant-Garde, 1945-1960." (2000-01, Wellesley College); "Edvard Munch and Women: Image and Myth" (1997, San Diego Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum (Ore.), Columbia, S.C., and the Yale University Art Gallery); and "Modern Hieroglyphs: Gestural Drawing and the European Vanguard, 1900-1918" (1995, Wellesley and the Equitable Collection).