Jeffrey Saletnik

Jeffrey Saletnik

Associate Professor, Art History

Director of Graduate Studies

Adjunct Associate Professor, Germanic Studies

Affiliate, Institute for European Studies


  • 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

modern and contemporary art; 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

Saletnik, Jeffrey. Josef Albers, Late Modernism, and Pedagogic Form. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2022: 221 pp.

Saletnik, Jeffrey. “America: Josef Albers’s brick relief at Harvard.” Object Lessons: The Bauhaus and Harvard, edited by Laura Muir, 225-239. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Art Museums in association with Yale University Press, 2021.

Saletnik, Jeffrey. “A Classicist at Heart: Günther Förg and the Modernist Tradition.” In Günther Förg: Fragile Beauty, edited by Gavin Delahunty, et al., 148-155. Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2018. [Exhibition venues: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas]

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. “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, Mass.: The Institute of Contemporary Art in association with 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, Mass.: 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: 288 pp; paperback, 2009; e-book, 2013.

Saletnik, Jeffrey, and Robin Schuldenfrei. “Introduction.” In Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse and Modernism, edited 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.

Awards & Honors

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, held at the Institut für Kunst--und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt-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)
  • John Cage Nexus: Image, Music, Text (600L graduate seminar)