Marin R. Sullivan


I am an art historian who investigates the histories of modern and contemporary sculpture as well as the material and social histories of art more generally in postwar Europe and the United States. My first book, Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism: International Experiments in Italy 1966-1972, was published by Routledge in 2016.  This project examines how new materials, display tactics, and conceptions of action shifted the parameters of sculptural practices in the 1960s, and why photography played such a crucial role in that transformation. I am also developing a second book length project, Alloys: American Sculpture and Architecture at Midcentury, which is being supported in 2017 and 2018 by fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Crystal Bridged Museum of American Art, and developing projects examining American sculpture in the late 1940s and 1950s, in particular sculpture created by women artists. I am also co-curating the first major retrospective exhibition of Harry Bertoia, scheduled to open at the Nasher Sculpture Center in 2019. Recent publications include articles in Art History, Sculpture Journal, and History of Photography, and a co-edited volume with Dr. Sharon Hecker, Postwar Italian Art History Today: Untying ‘the Knot,’ will be published by Bloosmbury in 2018.

Research Interests: History of modern and contemporary sculpture; postwar art in Europe and the United States, international exchange, and the relationship between art and industry; intermediality (especially between sculpture and photography); issues of materials and materiality.

Courses taught: Introduction to Art History; Modern Art; Contemporary Art; Global Perspectives: Art and Design in the Atomic Age; Special Topics: The Object; History of Modern and Contemporary Sculpture; History of Photography; Art of the American Century; Curatorial Practice.

Professional Background: I will be on research leave from my post as Assistant Professor of Art History at Keene State College in New Hampshire during the 2017-18 academic year. Prior to my appointment at Keene State, I was the Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. I have taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and Southern Methodist University. I also have held curatorial positions at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Education: BA with honors in Art (Minors in Art History, English/Film, Religion) University of Florida, Gainesville; MA in Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas; PhD in History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


I live in Chicago, and welcome any feedback, comments, contributions, etc.
– Marin R. Sullivan



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