Faye R. Gleisser

Faye R. Gleisser

Assistant Professor, Art History

Affiliate, Cultural Studies Program

Affiliate, Critical Race and Postcolonial Studies


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

Research interests

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

"Thresholds of Address: Sensorial Returns to Slavery in Jacqueline Tarry and Bradley McCallum's Topsy Turvy," Art Journal v. 79 no. 1 (February 2020): 34-55.

“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.

Awards & Honors

  • 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)