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.
This course will examine the changing status of printed matter from the flowering of book design and book-bindings in turn-of-the-century England and the Continent through the early 20th-century transformative experiments of the Italian Futurists and the textual agitprop of the Russian Constructivists. Topics will explore the politics and possibilities of collaboration, innovation and design. Of particular interest will be such examples as William Morris's Kelmscott Press, the Brussels-based publishers Edmond Deman and la Veuve Monnom; the Art Nouveau book and the renaissance of typographic design in Europe and the US; and the revolutionary book arts of El Lissitzky and Filippo Marinetti.