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)

Jeffrey Saletnik

Jeffrey Saletnik
Assistant Professor, Department of Art History
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Germanic Studies

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On leave 2018-2019


Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., Williams College, Graduate Program in the History of Art
B.A., Oberlin College
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Research Interests

  • Modernism
  • Visual culture of the interwar years
  • Modern architecture and design
  • Media Theory
  • History and theory of pedagogy
  • Relationships between the visual arts and music

Selected Publications

Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse and Modernism
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey and Karen Koehler, eds. “Translation and Architecture.” Special issue, Art in Translation vol. 10, no. 1 (March 2018): 1-142.
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey. “Introduction: Objects of Architectural Translation.” In “Translation and Architecture,” edited by Karen Koehler and Jeffrey Saletnik. Special issue, Art in Translation, vol. 10, no. 1 (March 2018): 4-10.
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey. “Materialkontakt mit Albers: Wie die Grundlehre des Bauhausmeisters Josef Albers bis heute Schule macht // Material Contact with Albers: How the preliminary course of Bauhaus master Josef Albers still sets precedent today.” Magazine Bauhaus, vol. 9 “Substance.” Leipzig: Spector Books (December 2017): 36-39.
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey. “Bauhaus in America,” “Xanti Schawinsky: Spectrodrama (Black Mountain Stage Studies),” and “Robert Rauschenberg: Untitled (a birthday picture for Hermine).” In Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, edited by Helen Molesworth, 102-105, 106-111, 314-315. Boston: The Institute of Contemporary Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. [Exhibition venues: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Ohio]
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey. “Juxtapositions and Constellations: Albers and Op Art.” In Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and his Contemporaries, edited by Vanja V. Malloy, 65-75. Amherst: Amherst College Press, 2015.
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey. “John Cage, le fonctionnalisme et la pédagogie du Bauhaus.” In Transmettre l’art. Figures et méthodes - Quelle histoire?, edited by Valérie Mavridorakis and Christophe Kihm, 53-68. Dijon: les presses du réel, 2013. 
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey. “Trophy IV (for John Cage),” Rauschenberg Research Project, produced as part of the Getty Foundation's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative, July 2013. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey. “László Moholy-Nagy, John Cage und die Kreative Dynamik.” In “John Cage und…” Bildender Künstler – Einflüsse, Anregungen, edited by Wulf Herzogenrath, 60-70. Berlin: Akademie der Künste; Köln: DuMont Buchverlag, 2012. 
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey. “John Cage and the Task of the Translator.” Art in Translation, vol. 4, no. 1 (March 2012): 73-88.
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey, and Robin Schuldenfrei, eds. Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse and Modernism. London: Routledge, 2009: 279 pp. Essays by: Annie Bourneuf, Magdalena Droste, Karen Koehler, Laura Muir, Elizabeth Otto, Paul Monty Paret, Alina Payne, Jeffrey Saletnik, Robin Schuldenfrei, Frederic J. Schwartz, T’ai Smith, Joyce Tsai.
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey, and Robin Schuldenfrei. “Introduction.” In Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse and Modernism, edityed by Jeffrey Saletnik and Robin Schuldenfrei, 1-9. London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Saletnik, Jeffrey. “Pedagogic Objects: Josef Albers, Greenbergian Modernism and the Bauhaus in America.” In Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse and Modernism, edited by Jeffrey Saletnik and Robin Schuldenfrei, 83-102. London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Contributions to: Artforum, Critical Inquiry, Tate Papers, and Chicago Art Journal

Honors and Awards

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, held at the Institut für Kunst--und Bildgeschichte, Humbodlt-Universität zu Berlin
  • College Arts & Humanities Institute Research Fellowship, Indiana University
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellowship, held at Amherst College
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Fellowship, Freie Universität Berlin / German Studies Association
  • Terra Foundation for American Art Summer Residency in Giverny, France
  • Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship, The University of Chicago, Humanities Collegiate Division
  • Getty Research Institute, Library Research Grant
  • Fulbright Award, IIE – Germany, held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), held at Goethe-Institut Berlin

Courses Taught

  • Machine Age Modern: European Modernism, 1848-1939 (200L general education)
  • Survey of Twentieth-Century Art (300L undergraduate)
  • Art and Culture of the Interwar Years (400/500L undergraduate/graduate)
  • Modern Architecture and Design (400/500L undergraduate/graduate)
  • Senior Seminar (400L capstone seminar for art history undergraduate majors)
  • Bauhaus (600L graduate seminar)
  • The Artist Educator (600L graduate seminar)


Department of Art History
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