Martha Ward

Biography

Martha Ward’s current research focuses on the arrangement and reception of art in exhibition and museum spaces, particularly in modern France.  Her book, The Art Show, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, examines museological practices at the Louvre and other sites in the first half of the 20th century in relation to aesthetic, social, and political developments. She also studies the creation of art in the light of real or imagined destinations, as in Pissarro, Neo-impressionism and the Spaces of the Avant Garde. A course she regularly offers, “Museums and Art,” considers the changing relationship between artistic production and museum- and exhibition-related innovation over the last two and half centuries, content that she is fashioning into a book-length study.  As much as possible, she focuses her teaching upon objects in local collections.  She is the recipient of both the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring and the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Publications

Looking and Listening in 19th Century France

University of Chicago Press
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2008

Pissarro, Neo-Impressionism, and the Spaces of the Avant-Garde

University of Chicago Press
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1996

Art in the Age of Visual Culture: France in the 1930s,” in The Lure of the Object (Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2005)

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“The Politics of Labels,” Smart Museum of Art Bulletin 13 (2001)

“The Politics of Labels,” Smart Museum of Art Bulletin 13 (2001)
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12/01/2001

“What's Important about the History of Modern Art Exhibitions?” in Thinking about Exhibitions, eds. Reesa Greenberg, et al (London: Routledge, 1996)

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“Art Criticism to Art News: Journalistic Reviews in Late Nineteenth-Century France,” in Art and its Institutions in Nineteenth-Century France, ed. Michael Orwicz (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995)

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“Impressionist Installations and Private Exhibitions,” Art Bulletin 73 (1990)

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“The Rhetoric of Independence and Innovation,” in The New Painting: Impressionism 1874-1886, ed. Charles Moffett (Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1986)

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1986

Profiles

Charles Cohen
Charles Cohen
Italian Renaissance and Mannerist Art
CWAC 258
773.702.0619
Potters Wheel
Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
773.702.5890
Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
1130 East 59th Street
773.702.8410
Megan Sullivan
Megan Sullivan
Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
CWAC 272
773.702.5126
Lisa Zaher
Modern and Contemporary Art
2013-14
University of Chicago
Conservation Research Fellow