France Family Distinguished Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley 1987
M.A., University of California - Berkeley 1976
B.A., San Jose State University 1970
ExpertiseContemporary global experimental art and theory, destruction in art and trauma studies, artists’ writings, and visual studies
NEW COURSE: FALL 2020
Special Topics in Art History - ART ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Course Goals/Objectives: By the end of this course you will be able to…
- Identify and analyze works of activist artists;
- explain the social, political, cultural, and aesthetic importance of such art;
- understand critical theoretical approaches used to interpret works of activist art;
- discuss how the social and political roles of art change through time;
- talk and write with confidence about works of art.
Stiles, K. “7.47 a.m. (The Traumatic Visual Vocabulary of Maurice Benayoun’s So.So.So. Somebody Somewhere Some time).” Maurice Benayoun / OPEN ART 1980-2010, CDA d’Enghien and Les Nouvelles éditions Scala), 2011, pp. 83–87.
Stiles, K. “Home Alone: ‘Reversal of Positions of Presentation’ and the Visual Semantics of Domesticity.” The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1990, edited by Nancy Princenthal and Helaine Posner, Neuberger Museum of Art, 2011, pp. 50–67.
Stiles, K. “Foreword, Or, Unbuckling the Belt of Fluxus through Billie Maciunas’ Experiences.” Billie Maciunas, The Eve of Fluxus, Arbiter Press, 2010, p. ix-xvi.
Stiles, K. “Irregular Ways of Being in Time.” The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia 1860-1989, edited by Alexandra Munroe, New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim, 2009, pp. 333–45.
Stiles, K. “The Trinity Session.” Future Species: Hybrids, Exoskel, Cybor Living Makeover Madness, Toronto: Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 2009, pp. 35–38.
Stiles, K. “Cloud with its Shadow: Marina Abramovic.” Marina Abramovic, Phaidon, 2008, pp. 33–94.
Stiles, K. “Come and Go.” California Video, The J. Paul Getty Trust, Getty Research, 2008.
Stiles, K. “Burden of Light.” Chris Burden, Newcastle England: Merrell and Locus Plus, 2007.
Stiles, K. “Teaching a Dead Hand to Draw, Kim Jones, War and Art.” Kim Jones: A Retrospective, 2007.
Stiles, K. “Survival Ethos and Destruction Art.” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, vol. 14:2, Mar. 1992, pp. 74–102.
Stiles, K. “Unbosoming Lennon: The Politics of Yoko Ono's Experience.” Art Criticism 7:2, vol. Spring, 1992, pp. 21–54.
Stiles, K. “Readings: Performance and Its Objects.” Arts, vol. 65:3, Nov. 1990, pp. 35–47.
STILES, K. “PERFORMANCE AND ITS OBJECTS.” Arts Magazine, vol. 65, no. 3, Nov. 1990, pp. 35-.
Stiles, K. “Sticks and Stones: The Destruction in Art Symposium.” Arts, vol. 63.5, Jan. 1989, pp. 54–60.
Stiles, K. “Not Just an 'Other' Exhibition.” High Performance, vol. 11, Oct. 1988, pp. 34–38.
Stiles, K. “Introduction to the Destruction in Art Symposium: DIAS & Discussion with Ivor Davies.” Link [Wales], vol. 52, Sept. 1987, pp. 4–10.
Stiles, K. “Rodforce: Thoughts on the Art of Sherman Fleming.” High Performance, vol. 10:2, July 1987, pp. 34–39.
Stiles, K. “Synopsis of the Destruction in Art Symposium (DIAS) and Its Theoretical Significance.” The Act, vol. 1, Mar. 1987, pp. 22–31.
Stiles, K. “Imploring Silence: Words and Performance Essence, A Polemic.” High Performance, vol. 8.1, Apr. 1985, pp. 33–36.