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)

Faye R. Gleisser

Faye Gleisser

Assistant Professor, Department of Art History
Cultural Studies Program
Critical Race and Postcolonial Studies (CRPS)

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Office hours: On leave 2019-2020


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2016
M.A., George Washington University, 2009
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2006

Research Interests and Teaching Areas

  • Modern and contemporary art; specialization in American art
  • Critical race theory
  • Urbanism and art
  • National imaginaries of social conflict and myth-making
  • Art and theory of the African Diaspora
  • Contemporary art historiography
  • Archive Theory and Archival Silences

Selected Publications

  • “Editors’ Introduction: Armed/Unarmed: Guns in American Visual and Material Culture,” eds. Faye Gleisser and Delia Solomons, Themed Issue of journal of visual culture v. 17 no. 3 (December 2018): 263-371.
  • “Asco, Chris Burden, and the Politics of the Misfire,” journal of visual culture v. 17 no. 3 (December 2018): 312-331.
  • “How Many Licks? II (Conditioned No. 13,763),” Black One Shot series. ASAP/J. June 2018.
  • “Leslie Hewitt,” “Martine Syms,” and “Steffani Jemison,” Out of Easy Reach (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018), 28-29, 36-37, 56-7.
  • "The Guerrillas of Cu Chi," "AK-47 vs. M16," "The Dream," and "Fade In: Ext. Storage--Cu Chi, Day..." in The Propeller Group, eds. Naomi Beckwith et al (Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, D.A.P. Art Book, 2016), 30-61.
  • "This Isn't Charlie Rose': The Making of On Art and Artists and the Politics of Information Distribution," VDB Resources. Video Data Bank. May 2015.
  • "Kate Horsfield: The Early Years of the Video Data Bank." VDB Resources. Video Data Bank. April 2014.
  • "McArthur Binion/Kavi Gupta," Artforum International Magazine (Fall 2013): 197.
  • "Deconstructing Queer Space: Princess Hijab's Graffiti Art," New Criticals. September 2013.
  • "Parafictional Aesthetics in the 'Post-Truth' Moment," Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing Through the Discipline, eds. James Elkins and Kristi McGuire (New York: Routledge Press, 2013), 209-212.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2017: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center for American Modernism Post-doctoral Research Fellow
  • 2015–2016: Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • 2013-2014: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)/Henry Luce Foundation Dissertation in American Art Fellowship

Courses Taught

  • Radical Resourcefulness: Artists and the City (graduate seminar: A647)
  • Abstraction, Here and Now (graduate seminar: A647)
  • Introduction to Contemporary Art, 1960 to Tomorrow (undergrad: A207)
  • Curating the Contemporary: Exhibition History and 21st c. Curatorial Ethics (undergrad: A340)
  • Imaging Race: 20th and 21st Century History of Photography and the Boundaries of Visual Representation (undergrad and graduate: A490/580)


Department of Art History
Radio/TV Building 316
1229 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9390
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.