Jessica L. Orzulak is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History specializing in contemporary North American art and visual culture, with special interest in the histories of conceptual and performance art. Under the supervision of Professor Kristine Stiles, France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Jessica is researching for her dissertation titled "Reverse Anthropology: Denaturing the Body in Contemporary American Art." It examines an intervention into the historical formation of the human in twenty-first century American art through the artistic production of collectives La Pocha Nostra, Postcommodity, and artists Wendy Redstar, Kent Monkman, and Teresa Margolles. It argues that works by these artists attempt to imagine alternatives to modern notions about the body as a signifying material, specifically the body produced through the logics of anthropological knowledge. The study is informed by the intertwined histories of visual culture, art history, and anthropology, as well as critical race theory, and paradigms of coloniality/modernity.
Jessica received a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2010 and an MA in Art History from the University of California, Riverside in 2014.
MA Thesis: “Picturing Soldaderas: Agency, Allegory, and Memory in Images of the 1910 Mexican Revolution”
Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants
Davidson Family Fellowship awarded by Amon Carter Museum of American Art (2020)
Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship awarded by FLAS, Duke University (2018)
Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship awarded by Duke University (2017 to 2019)
Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies Graduate Fellowship awarded by Duke University (2016 to 2020)
Gluck Fellowship awarded by University of California, Riverside (2012 to 2013)
Dean's Distinguished Fellowship awarded by University of California, Riverside (2012 to 2013)