Melissa Geppert

Melissa Geppert, Ph.D.

Dr. Melissa Geppert is a specialist in contemporary art history, visual and spatial culture, and critical theory.  While her interests in these areas are wide ranging, she currently researches contemporary projects wherein artists collaborate with on-going initiatives in community development and human rights.  Dr. Geppert has presented her work internationally, including at the College Art Association annual conference, Performance Studies International, the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics' Encuentro, the Latin American Studies Association annual conference, and Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights Historical Dialogues conference.  She also founded and co-directed a not-for-profit art space, Grammar Center, in Medford OR from 2014 through 2015, is currently co-director of Grammar Center Press artist books, and is a co-curator of an on-going series of curatorial projects titled GRLRM: Bedroom Cultures and the Digital Public Sphere, which exhibited its first iteration at Studio XX in Montreal Canada in September-October of 2015.  

Education

  • Ph.D. in Art History from University of Minnesota (2012)
  • M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (2003)
  • B.A. in Art History from University of Minnesota (2001)
  • B.F.A. in painting from University of Minnesota (2001)

Research Interests

  • Contemporary art since 1960
  • 20th & 21st century art of Latin America
  • art and cultural globalization
  • performance, video, installation, and participatory social practices
  • community-based, grassroots, and 'new genre' public art
  • urban/landscape studies, creative placemaking and tactical urbanism  
  • museum, tourism, and heritage studies
  • art and its role in community development, historical memory, and human rights initiatives

Recent Research Activities

Dr. Geppert has pursued interdisciplinary research with special emphasis on the aesthetic, economic, and institutional aspects of cultural globalization.  Her Ph.D. dissertation research and current book project, provisionally titled “Favela Effects: Art, Development, and Rights in the Global Periphery”, centers on specific case studies within Rio de Janeiro’s informal neighborhoods, or favelas.  Geppert analyzes the mobilization of arts and cultural programs to the ends of community development (e.g. violence prevention, urban infrastructure, youth empowerment, and human rights intiatives).  In addition to tracing the history through which the favela has been framed aesthetically, she identifies the global cultural networks through which these sites are invested with economic and symbolic value, investigates emergent models of cultural citizenship, and suggests new arenas for political identification and action. 

 A secondary line of research, titled “Recalcitrant Local: Towards a Critical Localism of Contemporary Art”, engages current investments with ‘the global’ and ‘the local’ as concepts, sites, and metaphors within contemporary art practice.  Drawing on emergent conversations within post-colonial criticism, Geppert advances the notion of a 'critical localism' at play in select contemporary projects. 

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11532 ARH2051 History of Western Art Ⅱ Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
11530 ARH3713 20th Century Photo History Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Unavailable
No Description Available
19891 ARH3728 History of Illustration Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
19890 ARH4450 20th Century Art Rdce Time Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Unavailable
No Description Available

No courses found for Fall 2018.

No courses found for Summer 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
21223 ARH3471 Art in the Last 25 Years Rdce Time Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Unavailable
No Description Available
11601 ARH3670 20th Century Latin Amer Art Rdce Time M 12:00PM - 1:15PM Unavailable
No Description Available
19033 ARH3713 20th Century Photo History Rdce Time Tu 1:30PM - 2:45PM Unavailable
No Description Available
19032 ARH4450 20th Century Art Rdce Time Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91076 ARH2051 History of Western Art Ⅱ Face2Face M,W,F 9:30AM - 10:20AM Unavailable
No Description Available
81912 ARH3471 Art in the Last 25 Years Face2Face M,W 3:00PM - 4:15PM Unavailable
No Description Available
81662 ARH3710 History of Photography Ⅰ Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
81833 ARH4800 Thry Critic of the Vis Arts Rdce Time W 12:00PM - 1:15PM Unavailable
No Description Available

Updated: Jan 13, 2017