Curriculum Vitae

maria elena buszek : curriculum vitae
Associate Professor of Art History
University of Colorado Denver, Department of Visual Arts
Office: CU Bldg. 800G
Mail: Campus Box 177, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364
e-mail: maria.buszek@ucdenver.edu
phone: 303/315.1520

 

EMPLOYMENT
2010-present   University of Colorado, Denver  (Denver, CO)
Associate Professor of Art History, College of Arts and Media
Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty and Graduate Faculty in Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2015                  National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute (Philadephia, PA)
Summer Programs in the Humanities for College and University Teachers, Drexel University
Faculty for “The Canon and Beyond: Teaching the History of Modern Design”

2002-2010         Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO)
Assistant Professor of Art History, School of Liberal Arts (2004-2010)
Special Instructor of Art History, School of Liberal Arts (2002-2004)

2000-2002         Santa Monica College (Santa Monica, CA)
Full-time Instructor of Art History, Fine Arts department

2000                    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Curatorial Assistant, Department of American Art

1999                    The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Helena Rubenstein Foundation Intern, Department of Painting and Sculpture

1995-1998           The University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)
Instructor of Art History, Introduction to Art History (1998)
Research Assistant: Special projects (1997-1998)
Graduate Teaching Assistant (1996-1997)
Graduate Research Assistant: Spencer Museum of Art Slide Library (1995-1996)

1994-1995          The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO)
Research Assistant to the Curator of American Art

 

EDUCATION
2003         Ph.D. with Honors, History of Art
The University of Kansas

1996         M.A., History of Art 
The University of Kansas

1993         B.A., Art History and Mass Communication 
Creighton University

 

PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS AND CATALOGS
Current book project: Art of Noise: Art and popular music since 1977

Co-editor (with Hilary Robinson), A Companion to Feminist Art Practice and Theory. Wiley-Blackwell (in progress for Blackwell Companions to Art HIstory series)

“Media, Process, History: Craft Beyond Crafting,” in Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture, edited by Nicholas Bell. Washington, DC and London: The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art/Bloomsbury, 2015.

“Punk-Rock Futurist,” in Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014.

“The Next Great Moment in History is Hers,” in Dorothy Iannone: Censorship and the Irrepressible Drive Toward Divinity. Zurich: Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and JRP-Ringier, 2014.

“Radical Patience: The Work of Andrea Bowers,” in Andrea Bowers. Claremont, CA: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2014.

“Joyce Kozloff: Cradles to Conquest.” Glassboro, NJ: Rowan University Art Gallery, 2014.

“Workt by Hand: Roundtable Discussion,” in Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts, edited by Catherine Morris. Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2013.

“Eros and Thanatos: Surrealism’s legacy in contemporary feminist art,” In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. Munich: Prestel, 2012. (See museum websites for the exhibition’s run at LACMA, Musee National des Beaux-Arts, Quebec, and Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City)

“’Her Life Was Saved by Rock and Roll’: Toward a feminist punk ethic/aesthetic,” in Punkademics, edited by Zack Furness. Brooklyn, NY: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2012.

Editor and essayist, Extra/ordinary: Craft and contemporary art. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

Mark Newport: Self-Made Man. St. Louis, MO: Laumeier Sculpture Park, 2010.

“Mothers and Daughters, Sluts and Goddesses: Mary Beth Edelson and Annie Sprinkle,” in It’s Time For Action (There’s No Option): About Feminism. Zurich: JRP-Ringier, 2007.

“‘Perma-wave:’ Bridging feminism’s generation gap,” in Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women, and Feminism. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2007.

Whitney Lee’s Power Craft. Austin, TX: Women and Their Work, 2007.

Charlotte Street Foundation: Ten. Kansas City: Charlotte Street Foundation, 2007. (Author of essays on Michael Converse, Gear, Peregrine Honig, Anne Lindberg, Seth Johnson, and May Tveit: Available online here)

Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture. Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press, 2006.

“Pleasure/principle,” in Ghada Amer: Breathe Into Me. New York: Gagosian Gallery, 2006.

Aidas Bareikis: The Guard of Sorry Spirit. Kansas City, MO: Grand Arts, 2006. (Available online here)

Charlotte Street Foundation Awards. Kansas City, MO: Charlotte Street Foundation, 2006. (Available online here)

“Allyson Mitchell: Desire and Dissent,” in Allyson Mitchell: Lady Sasquatch. Toronto, ON: Paul Petro Contemporary Art, 2005.

Contemporary Artists. 5 ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 2001. (Author of new entries on Vanessa Beecroft, Sophie Calle, Raymond Pettibon, Pipilotti Rist, and Cindy Sherman; update author for entries on Laurie Anderson, Balthus, Lynda Benglis, Annette Messager, and Mel Ramos.)

Editor (with Stephen Goddard) and essayist, Alberto Vargas: The Esquire Years. Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas (Fall 2001).

Toward an American Identity: Selections from the Wichita Art Museum Collection of American Art, Novelene Ross (ed.), Wichita, KS: Wichita Art Museum, 1997. (Author of essays on William Merritt Chase, Charles Demuth, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, and Carl Wuermer)

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: ARTICLES
“Contemporary Jewelry and Male Eroticism: Blank vs. Anonymous Faun,” “One on Two” series, No. 5, Art Jewelry Forum (17 July 2016).

“Art Critics’ Reading List: Maria Elena Buszek,” Artpulse magazine, no. 24 (Fall 2015).

“Punkademia” (review of the books Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz; Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, [twentieth-anniversary edition], by Greil Marcus; and Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation, by David A. Ensminger), American Quarterly 65, no. 2 (June 2013): 413-423.

Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design (book and film review),” The Journal of Modern Craft 5, no. 3 (November 2012): 359-364.

“Once More, With Feeling: Feminist Art and Pop Culture Now,” Artpulse magazine, no. 12 (Summer 2012): 16-19.

“’Necessary Positions’ in Feminist Art: A Conversation (Suzanne Lacy, Andrea Bowers, Maria Elena Buszek)” Art Journal 71, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 138-150.

“Labor is My Medium: Some perspective(s) on contemporary craft,” Archives of American Art Journal 50, no. 3-4 (2012): 66-75.

Guest editor and contributor (with Kirsty Robertson), Craftivism: A special issue of Utopian Studies 22.2 (Fall 2011).

“Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire (book review)”  The Journal of the History of Sexuality 20, no. 3 (September 2011): 619-623.

“Mirror, Mirror: Joanna Frueh as Fairy Stepmother,” TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies 55, no. 2 (T210, Summer 2011): 104-113.

Thinking through craft: A new wave of craft theory” (review of the books A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression, by Howard Risatti and Thinking Through Craft, by Glenn Adamson), Surface Design Journal (Fall 2009): 66-67.

“Emerging Voices in Context: Surface design and contemporary art criticism,” Surface Design Journal 33, no.1 (Fall 2008): 6-9.

“Women’s Work: WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (exhibition review),” The Journal of Modern Craft 1, no. 2 (July 2008): 293-297.

“Feminist history and ambivalence in the work of Nicole Cawlfield,” Photography Quarterly 94 (Spring 2007):12-17.

“Say Cheese(cake)! How pin-up girls of the day reflect changing ideals of womanhood,” American Sexuality (August 2007).

“Ma Jun’s (Pop) Cultural Revolution” (2007)

“The Revolution of Pink: Joanna Frueh in conversation with Tanya Augsburg, Maria Elena Buszek and Jill O’Bryan,” n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal no. 10 ( Fall 2002): 27-35.

“‘Oh, Dogma! (Up Yours!)’: Surfing the Third Wave,” Thirdspace: A Third Wave Feminist Journal 1, no.1 (July 2001): http://www.thirdspace.ca/articles/buszek.htm 

“Waving Not Drowning: Thinking About Third Wave Feminism in the U.S.,” Make: The Magazine of Women’s Art, no. 86 (December 1999-February 2000): 39-40 (Click here for a PDF version of the article)

“Representing ‘Awarishness’: Burlesque, Feminist Transgression, and the 19th-Century Pin-up,” TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies 43, no.4 (T164, Winter 1999): 141-162

“War Goddess: The Varga Girls, WWII and Feminism,” n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal 6 (March 1998).

Regular contributor (1999-present), BUST Magazine: The Voice of the New Girl Order 

 

SELECTED PANELS, PRESENTATIONS, AND VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS
March 2017  Guest lecturer/critic, University of Illinois Department of Art + Design (Champaign, IL)

March 2017  Visiting Professor, Visual Culture Studies Forum, California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA)

February 2017  Session chair/moderator, “Marilyn Stokstad (1929-2016): A Memorial Roundtable,” College Art Association annual conference (New York, NY)

November 2016  Presenter, “Home is Un-dead: Sights and Sounds in Feminist Art, Music, Comix, and Film,” American Studies Association Annual Conference (Denver, CO)

November 2016  Moderator, “Artist Residencies at Research Institutions,” a2ru: Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities Annual Conference (Denver, CO)

June 2016  Guest lecturer, Spencer Museum of Art and KU Alumni Association, “Art on the Rocks,” University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)

April 2016  Session Chair, “Wynne Greenwood/Tracy + The Plastics,” Experience Music Project Pop Conference (Seattle, WA)

August 2015  Presenter and panelist, “Beyond the Flower(s): Georgia O’Keeffe and feminist art history,” Georgia O’Keeffe in her Own Time and Place symposium, Colorado Springs Fine Art Center (Colorado Springs, CO)

April 2015  Visiting lecturer, Critical Studies Series, Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

March 2015   Presenter and panelist, “Critical Pleasures, Critical Risks: A Conversation about Art Criticism Today with Maria Elena Buszek, Patrick Greaney M.S. Dansey, and Guido Ignatti,” University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, CO)

October 2014  Guest lecturer, Virtual Visiting Artist Program, The University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)

June 2014  Art Lecture Series, Workt By Hand: Women Weigh In, Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA)

June 2014  Visiting Scholar, Iaspis/Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Stockholm, Sweden)

March 2014  The Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Visiting Artists and Scholars Endowed Lecture Series, Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)

March 2014  Gallery talk, Saints, Stars, and Selfies exhibition, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO)

February 2014   Panelist, “Balancing Act: Art, Family, and Other Distractions” (Services to Artists Committee Session) College Art Association annual conference (Chicago, IL)

November 2013   Nora! and Friends Talk Contemporary Art [and Other Things], Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (Denver, CO)

November 2013  Guest lecturer/critic, Visiting-Artist Lecture Series, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis, MN)

September 2013  Guest lecturer, Graduate Lecture Series, San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA)

February 2013  Keynote speaker, Cluttered: A Symposium, University of Western Ontario (London, ON, Canada)

November 2012  Interviewer and moderator, “Media, Process, History: Craft Beyond Crafting (a conversation with Sonya Clark, Elaine Reichek, and Michael Strand),” Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture Symposium, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC) (Click here for video of this session from the Nation Building symposium)

September 2012  Guest lecturer, Design and Craft Lecture Series, California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA)

May 2012  Guest lecturer, Santa Monica College Department of Art (Santa Monica, CA)

April 2012  Guest lecturer/critic, CraftPerspectives Lecture Series and 2011-2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR) (Click here for mp3 or streaming audio of this lecture)

March 2012  Presenter and panelist, “DIY and Craftivism,”  Craft and the New Economy Symposium, Ontario Crafts Council and the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto, ON, Canada)

February 2012  Session Chair, “Necessary Positions: Intergenerational Collaboration in Feminist Art,” (Committee on Women in the Arts Session) College Art Association annual conference (Los Angeles, CA)

February 2012  Presenter and panelist, Inaugural RAW: Recognition of Women in the Arts Symposium, Norton Museum of Art (Palm Beach, FL)

November 2011  Interviewer, “Conversations with the artist series: Naomi Fisher’s Jungle Sweat, Roseate,” Vizcaya Museum (Miami, FL)

April 2011  Presenter and moderator, “Play List,” Feminism & Co.: Art + Sex + Politics, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (Denver, CO) (Click here to watch the MCA’s video highlights of the “Play List” speakers and performances)

April 2011   Guest lecturer and critic, University of Nevada, Reno Gender, Race, and Identity Program and Department of Art (Reno, NV)

March 2011   Guest lecturer, Women’s History Month: Our History is Our Strength, The Institute for Women’s Studies and Services, Metropolitan State College of Denver (Denver, CO)

March 2011  Guest lecturer, Colorado State University Department of Art and Art History (Fort Collins, CO)

February 2011   Coordinator/moderator (with Kat Griefen), “Sonic Art and Activism: Exploring the ties between feminist art and popular music,” with Damali Abrams, Kathleen Hanna,Lorraine O’Grady, and Shizu Saldamando, SoHo20 Gallery (New York, NY)

October 2010  Moderator (with Elissa Auther), “A Conversation with Joan Braderman, Lucy Lippard, and May Stevens” at Crossing Boundaries: A Symposium on Feminism and the Arts,Colorado College InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts (Colorado Springs, CO)

October 2010  Guest lecturer/critic,  Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)

July 2010  Guest lecturer, “Women with Cameras,” PHOTOGRAPHIC: Anne Collier and Melanie Schiff, Salina Art Center (Salina, KS)

May 2010  Visiting professor, Cultural Studies Colloquium Series, Department of Cultural Studies, Columbia College (Chicago, IL)

March 2010  Keynote speaker, Women’s History Month Celebration, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Duquense University (Pittsburgh, PA)

February 2010  Event chair/coordinator, The Feminist Art Project Special Sessions, College Art Association annual conference (Chicago, IL) (Digital video of sessions available here through TFAP)

February 2010  Presenter, “Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art”, College Art Association annual conference (Chicago, IL)

November 2009  Guest lecturer/critic, Department of Art + Design, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)

November 2009  Guest lecturer/critic, Department of Art, Georgia College and State University (Milledgeville, GA)

May 2009  Featured lecturer, “Minding the Margins: Craft, criticism, and contemporary art,” International Surface Design Association conference, Off the Grid (Kansas City, MO)

April 2009 Keynote address, Rutgers University Women’s and Gender Studies Association conference, Whores and Halos: Female Sexuality and Popular Culture, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)

April 2009  Session chair/moderator, “The Handmade Effect/Affect: A roundtable on craft and contemporary art,” Midwest Art History Society annual conference (Kansas City, MO)

February 2009 Session chair/moderator, “Artists Converse on Feminism: Andrea Bowers, Cheri Gaulke, Catherine Opie” (The Feminist Art Project Special Session), College Art Association annual conference (Los Angeles, CA) (MP3 recording available through CAA)

February 2009 Allen R. Hite Art History Lecture, Keynote address for the 2nd Biennial Aegis Symposium: Imaging Desire, Speed Museum of Art and the Department of Fine Arts and Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)

February 2008 Panelist, “Feminism and Popular Culture” (Women’s Caucus for Art Session), College Art Association annual conference (Dallas, TX)

December 2007 Visiting professor, Critical Studies Series, Producing Culture: Creators and Creativity in the Contemporary World, Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

November 2007   Panelist/guest lecturer, Beauty and the Blonde: An Exploration of American Art and Popular Culture, Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art, Washington University(St.Louis, MO) (Click here for a Kemper Museum video of the panel)

November 2007  Panelist/guest lecturer, Let Me Show You the World: The Sewn Drawings of China Marks, Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)

July 2007  Presenter, “’Perma-wave’: Contributing third-wave scholarship to the feminist discourse,” National Women’s Studies Association annual conference (St. Charles, IL)

April 2007 Guest lecturer, Department of Craft and Material Studies colloquium, Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

March 2007 Visiting professor, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas Gender Seminar (Lawrence, KS)

February 2006  Session chair, “The Impact of New Feminisms” (Women’s Caucus for Art Session), College Art Association annual conference (Boston, MA)

February 2006  Panelist, “Third Wave Feminists in Conversation,” Women’s Caucus for Art national conference (Boston, MA)

April 2005  Lecturer, “We Won’t Play Nature to Your Culture–The Photography of Naomi Fisher,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO)

September 2004  Performer/presenter, “Duets: Can you feel the love?” New, Two: Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Exhibition (Kansas City, MO) (Click here for artist’s statement and documentation)

February 2004  Presenter, “From Womyn to Grrrls: Fostering understanding between feminist generations,” College Art Association annual conference (Seattle, WA)

November 2001 Panelist/presenter, “Doing Feminist Art/Feminist Art Matters: Engaging Multiple Publics in Visual Cultures,” American Studies Association Annual Conference (Washington, DC)

October 2001 Guest lecturer, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, “War Goddesses: Women, World War II, and the Varga Girl” (Lawrence, KS)

February 2000 Session co-chair, “Learning in Mind and Body: Influential Teacher-Student Relationships” (CAA Committee on Women in the Arts Session), College Art Association Annual Conference (New York, NY)

August 1999 Lecturer, “Fame after Feminism: Feminist interpretations of the sexualized woman in popular culture,” The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)

November 1998 Session co-chair/presenter, “Looking for Trouble: Reconsidering the Dangerous Woman in Art,” ArtsNow Conference, Subject to Desire: Refiguring the Body (SUNY-New Paltz, NY)

 

CURATORIAL ACTIVITIES
2016        Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT)
Curator, Danger Came Smiling: Feminist Artists and Popular Music

2014        Simon Gallery (Omaha, NE)
Curator, Wanda D. Ewing: Self-Identity-History, A Retrospective

2014        National Women’s Caucus for Art/Gallery Nine5 (New York City)
Co-juror (with Anne Swartz), Identity

2010        Charlotte Street Foundation/La Esquina Gallery (Kansas City, MO)
Co-curator (with Jonah Criswell), Arrival/Departure

2009        Wignall Museum at Chaffey College (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Curator, Raised in Craftivity

2007        Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO)
Curator, Raised in Craftivity

2007        Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO)
Curator, Handymen and Girly Boys: Masculinity, Craft, and Culture

2006        Charlotte Street Foundation / Artspace (Kansas City, MO)
Curator, Charlotte Street Foundation Exhibition: 2006

2005          The Cube at Beco (Kansas City, MO)
Curator, Extra/ordinary: Fiber Artists Rethinking Art and Everyday Life

2001          The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)
Co-curator (with Steven Goddard), Alberto Vargas: The Esquire Years

 

COURSES TAUGHT 
Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric art to the present
Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Medieval Art
Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to contemporary art
Issues in Modern Art (Baroque to Postmodernism)
Baroque to Impressionist Art: Europe and the U.S.
American Art History: European colonies to WWII
Modern/Contemporary Art: Post-Impressionism to the present
Contemporary Art: 1945 to the Present
Contemporary Art: 1960 to the Present
Expressionism: France, Germany, and Austria
Constructivism and The Bauhaus
Dada and Surrealism
High Art and Popular Culture
History of Modern Design
History of Book Arts: Gutenberg to the present
New Genres/New Media
Bernini to Fellini: The History and Visual Culture of Italy (study-abroad course)
Feminist Art and Theory
Gender and Contemporary Art
Postmodernism: Art and Theory
Methods in Art History
Art History Thesis
Arts Mentorship: Undergraduate Seminar in Contemporary Art and Professional Practices

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2011-12 Lo Presti Prize: Best Essay Collection
Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art, Art Libraries Society of North America

2008 Craft Research Fund Project Grant
For Extra/ordinary: Craft culture and contemporary art, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design

2007 Emily Toth Book Award
Honorable Mention, Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

2006 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award Nominee
Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture, College Art Association

2000 Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize Nominee
“Representing ‘Awarishness,'” American Society for Theatre Research

1999 CAA Professional Development Award
Honorable Mention, College Art Association

1999 Murphy Dissertation Travel Grant
Kress Foundation Department of Art History, The University of Kansas

1994-1999 All-University Fellow, Graduate Minority Opportunity Fellowship
University of Kansas Graduate School

1998 TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies: Student Writing Award 
For “Representing ‘Awarishness’,” NYU Department of Performance Studies and The MIT Press

1996/97 Stokstad Teaching Award
Kress Foundation Department of Art History, The University of Kansas