Professor of Art History
Areas of Expertise
Art of central Europe from the first decades of the 20th century, the intellectual history of art history, and feminism and art history.
Ph.D., Yale University 1999
M.Phil., Yale University 1994
B.A., Duke University 1990
Rococo to Romanticism
Nineteenth-Century European and U.S. Art
Modernism and the 20th c. Avant-Gardes
Art After 1945
Feminism and Art History
Smith’s first book, entitled Between Ruin and Renewal: Egon Schiele’s Landscapes (Yale University Press, 2004) analyzes the ways in which Schiele’s Expressionist landscapes register and respond to the alienating effects of modernity, the problematic nature of selfhood, the eroding coherence of the imperial state, and other anxieties of his era, yet simultaneously offer solutions to the very crises his images present.
Smith is also the editor of The Expressionist Turn in Art History: A Critical Anthology (Ashgate, 2014). This book was published in Ashgate’s “Studies in Art Historiography” series, and offers a cross-section of noteworthy art history texts written in German between 1912 and 1933 which have been described as expressionist. Translated here for the first time, these primary texts are accompanied by critical commentaries by an international group of scholars which, along with Smith’s historigraphic introduction, offer insight into the development of art history in the context of early twentieth-century modern art and culture.
In addition, Smith has published essays on central European visual culture in the journals Art History, Austrian History Yearbook, and elsewhere, on topics such as Schiele’s painting, avant-garde Viennese fashion and Jewish identity, the art historian Alois Riegl’s theoretical relationship to modern art, and Germany’s imperialist imagination as manifested in Expressionist postcards.
Articles & Book Chapters
“Maria Marc’s Letters.” In Marianne Werefkin and the Women Artists in Her Circle, eds. Malycheva Tanja and Wünsche Isabel, 154-64. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017.
“Colonial Utopia: Cultural Ambivalence in Franz Marc and Else Lasker-Schuler’s Postcards.” In Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity, eds. Jordana Mendelson and David Prochaska. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010.
“Real Style: Riegl and Early 20th-Century European Art.” In “Theory and Methodology,” ed. Christopher Long. Special issue, Centropa: Journal of Central European Art and Architecture 5, n. 1 (January 2005): 16-25.
• Republished in The Journal for Art Historiography, no. 5 (December 2011). https://arthistoriography.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/smith.pdf
“The Tactics of Fashion: Jewish Women in Fin-de-Siecle Vienna.” Aurora: the Journal of the History of Art 4 (2003): 135-154.
“Egon Schieles Landschaften: Von der Baumlandschaft bis zur Stadtansicht.” In Egon Schiele, exhibition catalogue, ed. Rudy Chiappini. Lugano: Museo d’Arte Moderna, 2003.
“Egon Schiele’s Landscapes and the Allure of the Natural Nation.” Austrian History Yearbook 33 (2002): 163-205.
“Egon Schiele’s Treescapes. Work and World: Unframing the Autonomous Landscape.” Art History 23, n. 2 (June 2000): 233-261.