June - August 2001
Catherine Soussloff is Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair and professor of art history at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is author of The Absolute Artist (1997), a historical study of social perceptions of the artist in the European and American traditions from the Renaissance to the present. The University of California Press released her anthology, Jewish Identity in Modern Art History, last year. At the Clark, Soussloff will continue work on a major book project, The Jewish Subject in Viennese Art and Art History. It will explore the roles of Jewish subjects and subjectivity in visual culture and its documentation in Vienna from about 1900 to 1938. Pursuing the pre-Holocaust situation of Jews in modernity, Soussloff's project seeks to establish the historical and social contexts of art making in Vienna in these crucial years.