Department of Art
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Professor Helen Langa teaches a sequence of courses on American Art from the colonial era to the late 20th century with an emphasis on issues related to national identity, politics, race, gender, and cultural studies. She was Chair of the Art Department (Art History, Graphic Design, and Studio Art) from 2008-2010 and Director of the Art History Program (BA and MA) from 2008 to spring 2014. Seminar topics have included Transnational Issues in American Art 1890 to 1970, Shaking Things Up: The Politics of Identity in American Art 1960-1998, and Postmodernism since 1980: Controversial Art and Museum Responsibilities.
Her scholarly research emphasizes the work of American women artists and representations of women between 1900 and the 1940s; leftist interests in labor, gender, racial equality, and social change in 1930s art; and the pre-Stonewall history of American lesbian/gay/queer identity and visual representation. Her book Radical Art. Printmaking and the Left in 1930s New York was published in 2004. Two recently published articles are "Seeing Queerly: Lesbian Presence and Absence in American Visual Art, 1890 to 1950," in the Journal of Lesbian Studies (2010), and “’At least half the pages will consist of pictures’: New Masses and Politicized Visual Art” in American Periodicals (2011). Her anthology, co-edited with Paula Wisotzki, titled American Women Artists, 1935 to 1970: Gender, Culture, Politics is forthcoming from Ashgate Press in January 2016.
PhD, Modern and American Art, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MA, Baroque Art, University of Colorado-Boulder
BFA , Tyler School of Art, Temple University
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