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 Assistant Professor, Department of Germanic Studies

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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

  • European modernism; visual culture of the interwar years
  • European-North American Exchange
  • Media theory
  • Modern architecture and design
  • History and theory of pedagogy
  • Relationships between the visual arts and music
  • Contemporary art; time-based media, including performance, sound, and cinema

Selected Publications

Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse and Modernism
  • Essays in Helen Molesworth, et al., Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957. Boston: The Institute of Contemporary Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2015.
  • “John Cage, le fonctionnalisme et la pédagogie du Bauhaus,” in Christophe Kihm and Valérie Mavridorakis, ed., Transmettre l’art. Figures et méthodes - Quelle histoire?. Dijon: les presses du réel, 2013: 53-68.
  • 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.
  • “László Moholy-Nagy, John Cage und die Kreative Dynamik,” in Wulf Herzogenrath, ed., “John Cage und…” Bildender Künstler – Einflüsse, Anregungen. Berlin: Akademie der Künste; Köln: DuMont Buchverlag, 2012: 60-70.
  • “John Cage and the Task of the Translator.” Art in Translation, vol. 4, no. 1 (March 2012): 73-88.
  • Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse and Modernism, London: Routledge, 2009; edited with Robin Schuldenfrei.
  • “Introduction” and “Pedagogic Objects: Josef Albers, Greenbergian Modernism and the Bauhaus in America,” in Jeffrey Saletnik and Robin Schuldenfrei, ed., Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse and Modernism. London: Routledge, 2009: 1-9, 83-102.
  • Contributions to: Artforum, Tate Papers, and Chicago Art Journal

Honors and Awards

  • 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
  • Abba Lipman Dissertation Grant, The University of Chicago, Department of Art History
  • 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

Department of Art History
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Bloomington, IN 47405
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