The Department of Art & Art History is pleased to welcome Dr. Virginia Solomon (B.A. Stanford University, 2004, Studio Art and Feminist Studies; M.A. 2007, Ph.D. 2013, Art History and Gender Studies, University of Southern California) as the 2019-20 Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History. Dr. Solomon’s research interests include contemporary art, curation, gender studies, queer theory, visual culture, subcultures, and alternative forms of politics. Solomon’s research has been supported by a Canadian Art Research Fellowship at the National Gallery of Canada and a Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, among others. Their curatorial work includes the exhibition Tainted Love (2009) at the La Mama La Galleria in NYC and Shary Boyle and Emily Duke: The Illuminations Project (2011), realized while serving as the Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Before joining the faculty at the University of Utah, Solomon was an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Memphis and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons The New School for Design. Their current book project considers how the work of Canadian artist group General Idea presents a theory of subcultural politics.
This Fall, they will teach Modernism: 1940-1970 (ARTH 3400), and Art and Social Conflict in the USA, 1920-Present (ARTH 4310), in addition to Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture.