|Ivy Cooper - Art History |
I received my Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. I specialize in contemporary art and art theory, public sculpture, Minimalism, and American art. "Official Art, Official Publics: Sculpture under the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program, 1972-Present," an essay based on my dissertation research, was published in the anthology Art and the Performance of Memory, edited by Richard Candida Smith (Routledge Press, 2002). I also write freelance art criticism for regional and national art journals and newspapers.
I teach American Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, History of Photography, History of Modern Architecture, Art of the 60s and 70s, and Art Theory, Methodologies and Criticism. In addition, I teach Art 599a: Thesis, for M.F.A. candidates.
In my classes, students become aware of and engaged with issues in contemporary art and art theory, and apply that awareness to their own work. I believe that a knowledge of history is fundamental to the practice of art and the understanding of culture.