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Art History Faculty

Sandra Zalman

Sandra Zalman, Assistant Professor

Fine Arts Building, Room 104D


B.A University of California, Berkeley
MA and Ph.D., University of Southern California

Biographical Summary

Dr. Zalman specializes in Modern and Contemporary Art, and her research develops out of a broad interest in the interplay between high and low forms of the visual, especially as that interaction has shaped the discourses of art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The recent recipient of an Andy Warhol-Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant, Dr. Zalman is also interested in the examination of institutions that consciously worked to present modern art to public audiences, ranging from museums and world's fairs to department stores, movies, and popular magazines. Her current book project offers an analysis of how Surrealism's vernacular and avant-garde status influenced the direction and reception of American art. In February 2012, Dr. Zalman will be co-chairing a panel at CAA entitled "From Camp to Visual Culture: Accounting for Bad Art since the 1960s." At the University of Houston, she has taught courses on Museums and the Problem of Display, The Afterlife of Surrealism, the Spectacle in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture and Art and Society from Renaissance to Modern.