Aileen Tsui

Nancy L. Underwood Associate Professor of Art History
  • B.A., Yale University, 1988
  • M.A., Harvard University, 1992
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2001
Research Interests
  • British, French, and American art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • modernist painting and modernity
  • exoticism in/and visual culture
  • feminist theories and histories of the visual arts
  • relationships between image and text
Course Offerings
  • Introduction to the History of Western Art
  • Nineteenth-Century European Art
  • Twentieth-Century Art
  • Arts in America
  • Photography’s First Century
  • Women Artists and Feminist Art History
  • Early American Modernisms
  • Methods of Art History
  • Japan in the Western Visual Imagination
Selected Publications
  • “The Painter as Collector: East Asian Objects and James McNeill Whistler’s Abstracting Eye,” in Inventing Asia: American Perspectives around 1900, ed. Alan Chong and Noriko Murai (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and University of Hawaii Press, 2014)
  • “Whistler’s La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine: Painting Re-Oriented,” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 9: 2 (Autumn 2010)
  • “The Evanescence of the Butterfly: Effects of Aging on Whistler’s Paintings,” Nineteenth Century 29:1 (Spring 2009)
  • Interview in the Washington College Magazine
  • “The Phantasm of Aesthetic Autonomy in Whistler’s Work: Titling The White Girl,” Art History 29: 3 (June 2006)

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