Assistant Professor, Art History
Office location: Allyn Building 06D
Dr. Laurel Fredrickson teaches modern and contemporary art history from a global perspective. Her courses have included “Global Contemporary Art”, “Survival and the Arts”, “Performance Art and Politics”, “Performance, Installation, and New Media”, “Women in the Visual Arts”, “African Arts”, “20th Century Art 1945 to the Present”, and “Introduction to Art History II” (Early Christian to the Renaissance). Dr. Fredrickson’s research explores the intersections of experimental art and politics in and since the 1960s, happenings and Fluxus, and transnational women artists from former French colonies and protectorates. She has presented papers nationally and internationally.
Her book Jean-Jacques Lebel and French Happenings of the 1960s: The Erotics of Revolution, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, will appear in the spring of 2020. Recent publications include “Jean-Jacques Lebel’s Revolution: The French Happening, Surrealism, and the Algerian War”, in France and the Visual arts since 1945: Remapping European Postwar and Contemporary Art, ed. Catherine Dossin, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018, “Zenib Sedira: De-Colonialism and Creative Acts”, in Femmes Créa(c)tives: Women’s Creativity in its Socio-Political Contexts, eds. Gianda Alessandroni, Sandra Daroczi, and Gemma Edney, L’Esprit Créateur, The International Quarterly of French and Francophone Studies (2018), and “Life as Art, or Art as Life: Robert Filliou and the Eternal Network,” Theory, Culture and Society, Theory, Culture and Society: Explorations in Critical Social Science, 2018.
Dr. Fredrickson earned a PhD in Art History from Duke University, an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois Chicago, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to studying art history, she practiced as an artist, exhibiting nationally and internationally and taught studio art courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Columbia College in Chicago. She was born on May 13, 1957 in Oslo, Norway.