Professor of Architectural and Art History

Karen Koehler

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Karen Koehler
Professor of Architectural and Art History
Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies
Mail Code CS
Karen Koehler
Adele Simmons Hall 209
413.559.5672
Karen Koehler is the Marilyn Levin professor of architectural and art history at Hampshire College, a member of the Five College Architectural Studies Council, and director of Hampshire’s Institute for Curatorial Practice.

Koehler teaches courses in modern and contemporary art, architecture, photography, and design, with an emphasis on connections between the built environment, visual culture, and critical theory. She received her B.A. in English Literature and M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana, her Masters in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, and her M.F.A. and Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University. In addition to her edited volume The Built Surface: Architecture and the Pictorial Arts, she has published widely on dialogues between architecture and pictures, with a specialization on the Bauhaus, including recent catalogue essays for the Prada Foundation in Milan and the Gallery of New South Wales. Other recent publications include an essay on the Bauhaus and Gestalt in Joseph Albers: Intersecting Colors at the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, and in 2008 served as guest curator and sole author of Bauhaus Modern, an exhibition at the Smith College Museum of Art. Recipient of recent grants from the NEH, Mellon, and Kress Foundations, she is currently writing an essay on the double portrait, and completing an intellectual history of the architect Walter Gropius from the 1930s to 1960s.

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