Kimberly Smith

Notable Achievements

Professor of Art History Kimberly Smith  gave a conference talk titled “Invisible Labor: German Modernist Art and Women’s Work” at the Feminist Art History Conference held at American University in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28 30, 2018.

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Kimberly Smith’s research focuses on 20th c. German and Austrian art, and the intellectual history of art history. At Southwestern, Smith teaches courses on art in Europe and the United States from the 18th century to the present, feminism and art history, and theory and methods of art history.

Universities and Degrees

Ph.D. History of Art, Yale University (Dec. 1998)

M.Phil. History of Art, Yale University (1993)

B.A., Art History (1990). Magna Cum LaudePhi Beta Kappa, Honors in Art History

  • Kimberly Smith’s research focuses on 20th c. German and Austrian art, and the intellectual history of art history. At Southwestern, Smith teaches courses on art in Europe and the United States from the 18th century to the present, feminism and art history, and theory and methods of art history.

    Universities and Degrees

    Ph.D. History of Art, Yale University (Dec. 1998)

    M.Phil. History of Art, Yale University (1993)

    B.A., Art History (1990). Magna Cum LaudePhi Beta Kappa, Honors in 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 HistoryAustrian History Yearbook, and elsewhere, on topics such as Egon 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.


  • Books

    The Expressionist Turn in Art History: A Critical Anthology, edited and with an introduction by Kimberly A. Smith. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014.

    Between Ruin and Renewal: Egon Schiele’s Landscapes. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2004.

    Articles and Book Chapters

    “Maria Marc’s Letters.” In Marianne Werefkin and the Women Artists in Her Circle, eds. Malycheva Tanja and Isabel Wünsche, 154-64. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017.

    “Colonial Utopia: Cultural Ambivalence in Franz Marc and Else Lasker-Schüler’s Postcards.” In Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity, eds. Jordana Mendelson and David Prochaska, 70-84. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010.

    “Real Style: Riegl and Early 20th-Century European Art.” In “Theory and Methodology,” guest editor Christopher Long. Special issue, Centropa: Journal of Central European Art and Architecture 5, no. 1 (January 2005): 16-25.
    • Republished in The Journal for Art Historiography, no. 5 (December 2011).

    “Egon Schieles Landschaften: Von der Baumlandschaft bis zur Stadtansicht.” [“Egon Schiele’s Landscapes: From Treescapes to Urban Views.”] In Egon Schiele, exhibition catalogue, edited by Rudy Chiappini, 79-105. Lugano: Museo d’Arte Moderna, 2003.

    “The Tactics of Fashion: Jewish Women in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna.” Aurora: the Journal of the History of Art 4 (2003): 135-154.

    “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, no. 2 (June 2000): 233-261.

    Book Reviews

    Review of The Subject in Art: Portraiture and the Birth of the Modern, by Catherine M. Soussloff. Centropa: Journal of Central European Art and Architecture 8, n. 3 (2008): 294-297.

    Review of Against Fashion: Clothing As Art, 1850-1930, by Radu Stern. Aurora: the Journal of the History of Art 5 (November 2004): 154-160.

    Review of The Order of Ornament, the Structure of Style: Theoretical Foundations of Modern Art and Architecture, by Debra Schafter. Centropa: Journal of Central European Art and Architecture 4, n. 2 (May 2004): 179-181.

    Review of Borders in Art: Revisiting Kunstgeographie, ed. Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius. Centropa: Journal of Central European Art and Architecture 4, n. 1 (January 2004): 90-91.

    Interviews

    Interview with Kimberly A. Smith, by Carla Carmona Escalera, in Egon Schiele Jahrbuch 1 (December 2011): 256-259.

    Translations

    Translation of excerpts from Fritz Novotny’s Cézanne und das Ende der wissenschaftlichen Perspektive (1938). In The Vienna School Reader: Politics and Art Historical Method in the 1930s, edited by Christopher S. Wood, 379-433. New York: Zone Books, 2000.

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    Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

    2018 “Invisible Labor: German Modernist Art and Women’s Work”
    Feminist Art History Conference, American University
    Washington, D.C., September 2018

    2016 “Becoming Human/Becoming Animal: Franz Marc and the Evolution of Perception”
    German Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, October 2016

    2014 “Maria Marc’s Letters”
    Marianne Werefkin and the Cosmopolitan Women Artists in her Circle
    Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum; Humanities Research Center at Jacobs University
    Bremen, Germany, September 2014

    2014 “Learning to See: Franz Marc and Robert Delaunay” (invited)
    Alessandra Comini Lecture Series, Department of Art History
    Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, April 2014

    2013 “Primitivism and Perception in the Work of Franz Marc” (invited)
    German Expressionism Symposium
    University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, May 2013

    2012 “Franz Marc’s Abstractions: How to See Like An Animal” (invited)
    “The Human Beast” exhibition symposium
    San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, September 2012

    2011 “Ekphrasis, Empathy and the Critical Imagination in Art History”
    German Studies Association Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, September 2011

    2010 “Vision and Primitivism in Franz Marc’s Slow Paintings”
    Southeastern College Art Conference / Mid-America College Art Association Joint Conference, Richmond, Virginia, October 2010

    2010 “Constructing Thebes: Text and Image in Franz Marc’s Postcards for Else Lasker-Schüler”
    Annual Comparative Literature Conference, University of California, Long Beach, March 2010

    2008 “The Postcard Friendship of Franz Marc and Else Lasker-Schüler”
    German Studies Association Annual Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, October 2008

    2007 “Franz Marc’s ‘Authentic’ Animals”
    American Culture Association / Popular Culture Association, Boston, Mass., April 2007

    2006 “Expressionist Art History and the Return of the Repressed”
    German Studies Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Penn., September 2006

    2004 “Egon Schiele’s Landscapes and the Viennese Culture of Crisis” (invited)
    Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, NY, May 2004

    2003 “Warhol’s Collecting and the Closet: Queer Readings” (invited)
    Warhol Symposium, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX, October 2003

    2003 “Hodler and Historiography”
    Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Birmingham, U.K., September 2003

    2002 “The Rhetoric of Expressionist Art and Art History”
    International Association for Word & Image Studies Triennial Conference,
    Hamburg, Germany, July 2002

    2001 “Renger-Patzsch’s The World is Beautiful as Monadic Allegory”
    Southeastern College Art Conference, Columbia, South Carolina, October 2001

    2001 “The Meaning of Style: Form as Content”
    College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 2001

    2000 “Riegl, Expressionism, and the Recovery of Painting”
    German Studies Association Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, October 2000

    1999 “Imagining Austria: Egon Schiele’s Landscapes and the Promise of National Community”
    Bordering Europe Conference, Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
    University of Kent, Canterbury, England, September 1999

    1999 “The Tactics of Fashion: Jewish Women in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna”
    Women Art Patrons and Collectors: Past and Present, New York, NY, March 1999

    1998 “The Expressionist Critique of Modernity” (invited)
    Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT, January 1998

    1997 “Medievalism in the Landscapes of Egon Schiele”
    College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY, February 1997

    1996 “Loss and Renewal in the Landscapes of Egon Schiele”
    International Conference on Despair and Desire, Atlanta, GA, October 1996

    1994 The FRAME: Historical and Theoretical Considerations
    Yale University, New Haven, CT, November 1994
    Paper: “Egon Schiele’s Trees” (also conference co-organizer)