Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor

Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer

2019 Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor

Nina M. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer holds art history degrees from the Sorbonne (Licence -es-Lettres), and Princeton University (PhD). She is professor Emerita at the University of Delaware and Editor-in-Chief of The Art Bulletin. In Spring 2019, she will be the Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts.

She specializes in the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art, with an emphasis on the art and culture of France from the 1780s to the early 1900s. Her work concerns the history of art and culture as they intersect with  political and social ideologies, and the interaction between artistic production and popular, folkloric, and mass cultures.

She is the recipient of the College Art Association’s Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize; a J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship; a J.P. Getty Fellowship, a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study; an Ailsa Mellon Bruce  Senior Fellowship at the National Gallery’s CASVA; a J. Stanley Seeger Fellowship at Princeton University, an ACLS grant, and an American Philosophical Society research grant, among others.

She has written four books and numerous articles, and  contributed to several multi-authored volumes. Her book on Cézanne and Provence: The Painter in His Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2003) was a finalist for the CAA’s Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and received an Honorable Mention by the Dedalus Foundation.  Her book French Images from the Greek War of Independence, 1821–1830: Art and Politics under the Restoration (Yale University Press, 1989) was a runner-up for the CINOA book award.

The Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professorship brings a distinguished scholar to the Institute each year to teach a course and give a series of public lectures. The Professorship was endowed in 2006 by the late Professor Varnedoe's friends and colleagues to honor and perpetuate his legacy of innovative teaching and remarkable public presence. Past holders of this position include Lowery Stokes Sims (2018) Jacqueline Lichtenstein (2016) S. Hollis Clayson (2015) Briony Fer (2014), Thierry de Duve (2013), Okwui Enwezor (2012) Wu Hung (2011), David Joselit (2010), Alexander Potts (2009), Molly Nesbit (2008), and Jeffrey Weiss (2007).

Watch the public lectures of previous Kirk Varnedoe visiting professors.