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Anna Kim’s research engages the deep structures of our complex relation to images from antiquity to the present, drawing together ethics and aesthetics, phenomenology, anthropology and religious studies. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation, “Real Presence: Ontologies of the Image from Byzantium to the Reformation,” argues the heuristic value of the history of sacred image-making to our contemporary virtual world and ethical condition. An historian of the early modern period, she is also interested in the origins of secular humanism and globalization, focused on exchanges of cultural patrimony between East and West in the formation of Europe.
Anna studied intellectual history at Notre Dame and philosophy and classics at Brown University, where she was Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Currently, she is a research member of an international team of scholars advancing a comparative-historical study of iconoclasm from antiquity to the present. Two edited volumes are planned, in addition to an exhibition on iconoclasm at Tate Britain in 2013.
Anna’s research has been supported by the Philip Francis DuPont Fellowship fund, the Society of Fellows, the Lindner Center for the Study of Art History, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (U.K.). She has organized conferences and delivered papers in the U.S. and internationally, and curated an exhibition on the formative role of maps and prints to European conceptions of the New World. Anna has also worked on a variety of projects related to civil rights and education, in the U.S., Latin America and post-Soviet Ukraine.
- “Creative Iconoclasms in Renaissance Italy,” in L. Brubaker and R. Clay, Eds, Iconoclasms: Making/Breaking/Remaking (under review).
- “Lines of Inquiry,” catalog essay on N.Y. artist Karen Schiff, for the exhibition
Art=Text=Art: Drawings from the Kramarsky Collection, Zimmerli Museum.
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