Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies and Professor of Art History
Levine holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Chicago. She is a specialist in the social history of 19th and 20th century European and American art with a particular interest in representations of class and gender in Belgian art. Levine has published essays and catalogue entries for museum exhibitions and scholarly journals in the United States and Europe. These include “A Hymn to Labor, A Hymn to Nation: Constantin Meunier’s Representations of Work and the Monument au Travail,” “From Noble Beggars and the Corrida to the Café ‘El Burrero,’” "Constantin Meunier: A Life of Labor," "Constantin Meunier's Monument to Labor at the 1909 Meunier Exhibition in Leuven," and "Pauvre Belgique: Collecting Practices and Belgian Art in and Outside of Belgium." She has been working on topics in the Holocaust, including a study of the attack on the 20th Convoy, and various topics in art and visual culture of the holocaust especially as it pertains to artists active in Belgium during WWII.
In Greek, the term "Ekphrasis" means "to describe, to point out, to explain" and is associated with the desire to turn that which is visual into words. How do text and image reflect and depend on each other? For centuries, these two modes of representation have enjoyed fruitful yet difficult paths of communication and mutual questioning/interrogation. This course will touch on various issues that emerge from the rhetorical collaboration between text and image. Beginning with G.E. Lessing's 18th century discussion of the ancient sculpture of the Laocoon and ending with contemporary texts and imagery, we will examine the mutual "collaborations" between artist and writer, and writer and artist as romantic, modernist, and post-modernist activities. Writers and artists may include but are not limited to: Auden, Baudelaire, Beuys, Bruegel, Cezanne, Duchamp, Elmer, Ginsburg, van Gogh, Gogol, Hawthorne, Keats, Kennedy, Khnopff, Lessing, Moreau, Redon, Rich, Rossetti, Ruskin, Sexton, Shelley, Stein, Tennyson, Tsvetaeva, Turner, da Vinci, Waterhouse, Wilde, and Williams. This course is designed primarily for Division II students with at least one course in literature and/or art history.