Phone: 404 471-5464
B.A., University of Georgia
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University
Teaching and Scholarly Interests:
Katherine Smith teaches courses in modern and contemporary art on subjects ranging from developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture to topics in public art, photography, self-portraiture, and critical theory. She also teaches the Art History Senior Seminar, the capstone course in this field, with Nell Ruby’s Advanced Studio, combined experiences in which students develop their own research or studio projects and deliver public talks on the work on the current exhibition in The Dalton Gallery.
Katherine served as faculty advisor to the Art History Theme House at Agnes Scott in 2005-06 and is currently faculty advisor for Collage, an annual colloquium established by Agnes Scott students in 2007 to promote scholarly exchange among students of the art and art history in metro-Atlanta colleges.
Katherine’s approach to teaching draws directly on the interdisciplinary nature of her research, which focuses on thinking across media. Her scholarship addresses intersections in art and architecture in the United States from the 1960s to the present. She is currently working on a book project about Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s sculptural practice in relation to contemporary architecture and urban design, a project for which she received a Research and Development Grant from The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in 2008.
Professional Activities, Selected Publications:
Dictionary entry: “Denise Scott Brown,” in Dictionnaire des créatrices, eds. Antoinette Fouque, Béatrice Didier, and Mireille Calle-Gruber (Paris: Les Editions des Femmes, forthcoming 2011).
Article: “The Public Positions of Claes Oldenburg’s Objects in the 1960s,” Public Art Dialogue 1, issue 1 (Spring 2011), 25-52.
Exhibition review: Exhibitions of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s sculptures and drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and The Menil Collection, Houston (2009), SECAC Review, 51, no. 5 (2010), 640-43.
Article: “A Symbolic Situation: Claes Oldenburg and Robert Venturi at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College,” Archives of American Art Journal, 48, nos. 1-2 (Spring 2009): 46-55.
Book chapter: “Mobilizing Visions: Representing the American Landscape,” in Instruction and Provocation, or Relearning from Las Vegas, eds. Michael Golec and Aron Vinegar (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009), 97-128.