College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

A cutting from the lower border of a manuscript (Johann Plaecsaert, artist)

Melody Barnett Deusner

Melody Barnett Deusner Assistant Professor, Department of Art History

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Office hours: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and by appointment


Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2011

Research Interests

  • American art and mass culture to 1945
  • Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European art
  • Museum history and institutional critique
  • Art, patronage, and the business world
  • Historical intersections of visual art and networked technologies

Selected Publications

  • "Wall to Wall: Zones of Artistic Engagement in Late Nineteenth-Century America," in Michelle Facos and Jayne Fargnoli (eds.), A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Art, (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2018)
  • “Constructing the ‘Deadly Parallel’: Paintings, Politics, and the Comparative Eye in Turn-of-the-Century Clubland,” in “30th Anniversary Issue: 30 Invited Authors Celebrate 30 Years,” special issue, American Art 31, no. 2 (Summer 2017), 96–103.

  • “The Impossible Exedra: Engineering Contemplation and Conviviality in the Gilded Age,” in Housing the New Romans: Architectural Reception and Classical Style in the Modern World, ed. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis and Katherine von Stackelberg (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 153–89.

  • “Building a Reputation: Henry Gurdon Marquand’s New York Mansion,” in Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and the Marquand Music Room, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute exhibition catalogue, ed. Kathleen M. Morris and Alexis Goodin (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017), 37–61.
  • Whistler, Aestheticism, and the Networked World,” in Linda Merrill and Lee Glazer (eds.), Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2013)
  • “‘In seen and unseen places’: The Henry G. Marquand House and Collections in England and America,” Art History 3:4 (September 2011)

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright-University of Birmingham (UK) Scholar Award (2016)
  • Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art, Northwestern University (2010–12)
  • Douglass Foundation Fellow in American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009–10)
    Kress Foundation Travel Fellowship (2009)
  • Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art (2008–09)
  • Terra Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian American Art Museum (2007–08)

Department of Art History
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1229 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9556
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.