Karen Koehler, professor of architectural and art history at Hampshire College, and visiting professor in the Five Colleges, is also a member of the Five College Architectural Studies Council. She teaches courses in modern and contemporary art, architecture and design, with a special emphasis on connections between art, literature, critical theory, and socio-political history. Karen received her B.A. in English Literature and M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, her M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and an M.F.A. and Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University.
Professor Koehler has done visual and archival research in Berlin, Weimar, Dessau, Paris, Bern, Munich, London, New York, Chicago, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has published extensively on twentieth century art and architecture, with a concentration on the role of exhibitions in the history of art. Her work questions the relationships of art and exile, translation and perception, and the interactions of architecture with other forms of cultural expression, as in her edited volume The Built Surface: Architecture and the Pictorial Arts from Romanticism to the 21st Century (London: Ashgate, 2001). In 2012, Professor Koehler took part in a series of workshops and symposia on “Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory” at the Courtauld Institute for Art, London; and in 2011 with Eve Blau (Harvard University) she chaired a session on “Architectural Exhibitions in/as Critique” at the College Art Association Conference in New York. She has most recently published catalogue essays for the exhibitions The Small Utopia: Ars Multiplicata (Foundazione Prada, Venice, 2012) and The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910-1938 (Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2011) and was a contributing editor to the Mead Collection Handbook (Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 2011). Her contribution to the conference “Bauhaus Palimpsest: The Object of Discourse” at the Harvard University Art Museums was published in Bauhaus Constructs (Routledge, 2009).
Professor Koehler’s museum work began as curatorial assistant at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts, where she contributed to shows on Barnett Newman, Martin Puryear, Chris Burden and other American artists. More recently, Professor Koehler was faculty curator and sole author of the catalogue for Bauhaus Modern at the Smith College Museum of Art (2008), an important exhibition that contributed new thinking on the complexity and diversity of Bauhaus art and history, while challenging assumptions about the mass production of modernist objects and images. She is currently at work on two books, a survey of the Bauhaus for Phaidon Press, and an intellectual history of the German architect Walter Gropius, including his exhibition designs in New York, Berlin, Weimar, London and Paris.
Christoph Cox, professor of philosophy, received his B.A. in modern culture and media from Brown University and a Ph.D. in the history of consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Professor Cox teaches and writes on 19th- and 20th-century European philosophy and cultural theory.
He is the author of Nietzsche: Naturalism and Interpretation (University of California Press, 1999) and co-editor of Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Continuum, 2004). Cox is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine, writes regularly for Artforum and The Wire, and has published philosophical essays in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, the Journal of Visual Culture, Organised Sound, International Studies in Philosophy, The Review of Metaphysics, and elsewhere.
Cox has curated exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Kitchen, New Langton Arts, and G Fine Art Gallery. Cox has written catalog essays for exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Mass MoCA, the South London Gallery, Berlin's Akademie der Künste, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Oslo Kunstforening, and other venues.
He is currently at work on two books: a monograph on sound art, experimental music, and metaphysics; and an edited volume on aesthetics and the new realist and materialist philosophies.
Anna Schrade is currently lecturer at the University of Massachusetts and Five College Associate. She received an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Munich and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen in Germany. Since 2006 she is affiliated to the Iwalewa-Haus, Museum of Contemporary African Art at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where she conducted a research project on ‘New Media Art in South Africa’ and became particularly interested in questions of cross-cultural exhibiting and the poetics and politics of museum displays in post-imperial societies.
Anna Schrade curated or co-curated the exhibitions Crossing Munich: Orte, Bilder und Debatten der Migration (Kulturreferat München 2009), Spuren: Neue Arbeiten von Christophe Ndabananiye (Iwalewa-Haus 2010), AfroSat I (Iwalewa-Haus 2010), Mine: A Selection of Films by South African Artists (Iwalewa-Haus 2010) and AfroSat II (Iwalewa Haus 2012).
Jennifer Gunter King
Jennifer Gunter King is the Director of the Library at Hampshire College. She serves as chair of the Five College Librarians Council and chair of the Library Learning Commons Ad Hoc Steering Committee. Prior to joining Hampshire, King was Director of Archives and Special Collections at Mount Holyoke College (2004-2012), where she initiated programs including an online digital archive, electronic records archiving, campus-wide exhibitions and programming. King has held positions in special collections at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. She earned her BA in history from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and her MA in history and MLS (Archives Concentration) from the University of Maryland. King’s interests include digital curation, 21st century library design, curatorial practices, and advancing the accessibility of archival resources.
Jimi Jones is the Archivist for Hampshire College. Prior to his position at Hampshire, Jones was digital audiovisual formats specialist for the office of strategic initiatives at the Library of Congress for nearly three years, where he co-chaired the Standards Working Group of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) and the Audiovisual Working Group of the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI). Jones was also a principle editor of the library’s Sustainability of Digital Formats website. From 2007 to 2010, Jones served as project coordinator for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library's Audiovisual Self-Assessment Program, an IMLS-funded project. He is a 2007 graduate of the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Graduate School Of Library Science where he continues to serve as adjunct professor for LIS 590AVL: Audiovisual Materials in Libraries, Museums and Archives. Prior to his master's work, he worked as an audiovisual archivist at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library. He spent two years developing the Marriott Library's Utah Independent Film Archive, a collection of film and video art made by Utah artists. Jimi has worked professionally as videographer, cinematographer, and editor and, in 2003, received his bachelor's degree in film production at the University of Utah.
GUEST LECTURERS 2014
Caroline J. White on "Digital Curation and Rights Management"
Caroline J. White is the Kenneth R. Feinberg Archivist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has held several positions at Mount Holyoke College, including project curator of the exhibition The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein, which was on display from October 2011 to April 2012, and worked as a metadata specialist on the Univeristy of Massachusetts' Du Bois Online project. A graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in English, Caroline spent nineteen years as an editor at Penguin Group, acquiring and managing publication of fiction and nonfiction titles published by the Viking and Penguin imprints, and developing and shaping the Penguin Classics series, before leaving New York City for western Mass. She earned her master's from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, concentrating in archives management, in January 2010.
Tim Zimmerman on "Education and Museum Spaces"
Timothy (Tim) D. Zimmerman is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cognition and Education Hampshire College. His research focuses on the learning and teaching of ocean and environmental science concepts in non-school spaces. In particular, he seeks to understand the nature of learning across formal and informal contexts. To achieve this, Dr. Zimmerman combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study learning as people move spatially and temporally across informal-formal learning context boundaries at museums, aquariums, outdoor, and other informal learning contexts. He has worked, volunteered, or conducted research at many different informal learning institutions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, New York Aquarium and UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. He has also worked or volunteered for organizations such as the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the National Geographic Society, and several parks and recreation systems. Prior to his arrival at Hampshire, he was an assistant professor of science education at Rutgers University. Dr. Zimmerman holds bachelors and masters degrees in marine biology and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in science education.
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