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Fall 2015

Scott Hall 316

Office Hours: Tuesday 10am to 3pm or by appointment

Dr Jennifer J Marshall

Art History Room 372 HellerH 271 19th Ave South

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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 10:00am - Noon

Jennifer Marshall (Ph.D., UCLA, 2005) specializes in the art and visual/material culture of the United States (colonial period to 1960s). In her classes, Professor Marshall uses images as a fresh way to understand America’s complex cultural history. Courses include ArtH 3005 "American Art," ArtH 3577, "Photo Nation: Photography in America," ArtH 5565, "American Art of the Gilded Age," ArtH 5575, "Boom/Bust: American Art from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression," and graduate-level seminars. Professor Marshall’s research focuses on issues of materiality and modernity in early twentieth-century American art and aesthetics. In her first book, Machine Art, 1934 (University of Chicago Press, 2012), she offers a critical history of the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark Machine Art show. An exhibit of airplane propellers, ball bearings, pots, pans, and Petri dishes, Machine Art offered Depression-era Americans a concrete way of coming to terms with modern abstract value. (This book was awarded the Dedalus Foundation's 2013 Robert Motherwell Book Award.) Professor Marshall’s other publications include, “Toward Phenomenology: A Material Culture Studies Approach to Landscape Theory“ (Landscape Theory, eds. James Elkins and Rachel Ziady DeLue, Routledge, 2007), “Clean Cuts: Procter & Gamble’s Depression-Era Soap-Carving Contests“ (Winterthur Portfolio, Spring 2008), “In Form We Trust: Neoplatonism: the Gold Standard, and the Museum of Modern Art’s Machine Art Show“ (Art Bulletin, December 2008). Prior to joining the Art History Department at the University of Minnesota, Professor Marshall served as Acting Assistant Professor of American Art History at Stanford University (2006-08), and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2005-06).


  • Art and Visual/Material Culture of the United States

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Art History, UCLA, 2005.


  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, 2010 - 2012

Courses Taught

  • ArtH 1907W, "The Harlem Renaissance: Visual Arts and Representations"
  • ArtH 3005, "American Art"
  • ArtH 3577, "Photo Nation: Photography in America"
  • ArtH 5565, "American Art of the Gilded Age: Or, an Exercise in History, Big and Small"
  • ArtH 5575, "Boom/ Bust: American Art from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression"
  • ArtH 8001, "Art History: Theory and Methods"
  • ArtH 8520, "Thing Theory: Theories and Methodologies"
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