Hannah Feldman Associate Professor

Hannah Feldman researches and teaches late modern and contemporary art and visual culture. Hannah Feldman is Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University, and core faculty in the Departments of Art Theory and Practice, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and Comparative Literary Studies. Her first book, From a Nation Torn: Decolonizing Art and Representation in France (Duke, 20014) considers the theorization of art, violence, spectacle, and the writing of history in France during the decolonial wars that marked the 1960s, especially the Algerian War of Independence. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Canadian Center for Architecture, and, most recently, by the Mellon Foundation, which has awarded her a New Directions Fellowship for 2015-2017 to pursue her work on urban spaces and public institutions in North Africa and West Asia. Her writings have appeared in Artforum, Art Journal, Frieze, nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, October, and Third Text, as well as in international exhibition catalogues published by institutions including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Kunsthalle Zürich, Portikus, Ashkal Alwan, and the Renaissance Society. From 2008-2010, Feldman was Chair of the Art Journal editorial board.

Feldman’s courses reflect a markedly interdisciplinary focus and range from introductory surveys of art since the 1960s to advanced undergraduate lectures and graduate seminars that consider the intersection of art and urban space in sites of postcolonial and neocolonial conflict; art and protest; participatory aesthetic practices; theories of representation; theories and models of photographic practice; and, art in and about the Middle East and North Africa.

From 2011-2015 she was Director of Undergraduate Studies. In 2011, she was elected to the Faculty Honor Roll, and, in 2015 she was awarded the Weinberg College Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award.

Program Area: Global Modern and Contemporary

Regional Specialization: Europe, Middle East and North Africa

Selected Publications

Hannah Feldman, From a Nation Torn: Decolonizing Art and Representation in France, 1945-1962, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014).

Hannah Feldman, "The Way of the Shovel" Artforum 52.6, February 2014, 207.