Jenevive Nykolak

College of Arts and Letters
Art / Art History
Office Location: FA 259


Jenevive Nykolak is an art historian specializing in postwar art. She recieved her PhD from the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester and her BA from Wesleyan University. Her research illuminates the significance of collective artistic formations to rethink theories of the avant-garde and histories of identity, difference, and relationality in twentieth-century art. She teaches widely in modern and contemporary art history.

Her research has received support from the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Chateaubriand Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She has given talks at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Princeton University, and the Institute national d'histoire de l'art, and at the annual conferences of the College Art Association, Association for Art History (UK), Modernist Studies Association, and Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.
Sample courses offered
Art since 1945: Spring 2020
Special Topics (Contemporary Art): Fall 2019
Art History Seminar: Modern & Contemporary: Fall 2019
World Art: Baroque to Contemporary: Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Recent publications
"Supports/Surfaces, Scission, and the Structure of the Avant-Garde," Art History (forthcoming 2020; "early view" posted online October 2019).  
"On Moving and Touching: From Kineticism to Dance in the Museum," Art Journal 78, no. 4 (Winter 2019): 38-57.  
"Painting with Desire: Color and Collectivity, 1972-1974," Selva 1, special issue, "Painting after 1968" (October 2019): 29-62.
Various catalog entries in Outliers and American Vanguard Art, ed. Lynne Cooke (Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2018).
"A Blueprint for Utopia," in Luc Tuymans: Intolerance (Antwerp: Ludion, 2015), 68-72.
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