University of Rochester
Janet Berlo

Janet Catherine Berlo

PhD, (Art History), Yale University, 1980
Professor of Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies

Department of Art and Art History
305 Morey Hall
(585) 275-4168

  • Interests:
  • Critiques of museum representations of indigenous peoples
  • Native North American visual cultures—particular areas:
    • Plains Indians
    • Graphic arts since 1850
    • Inuit Art
    • Women's representational practices
  • American quilt history and nineteenth-century visual culture
  • Publications:
  • Wild by Design: 200 Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts, with Patricia Crews, University of Washington Press, 2003
  • Spirit Beings and Sun Dancers: Black Hawk's Vision of a Lakota World, George Braziller Books, 2000
  • Native North American Art, with Ruth Phillips, Oxford University Press, 1998
  • Plains Indian Drawings 1865-1935: Pages from a Visual History, Abrams, 1996
  • Quilting Lessons, University of Nebraska Press, 2001
  • Recent essays in:
  • A Keener Perception: Eco-critical Studies in American Art History, U. Alabama Press, 2008
  • The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations, U. Nebraska Press, 2008
  • Spiral Lands / Chapter 1, Koenig Books, 2008 (artist book by Andrea Geyer)
  • A Kiowa’s Odyssey: A Sketchbook from Fort Marion, U. Washington Press, 2007
  • Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses, National Museum of the American Indian, 2007
  • Courses:
  • AH 277/477 The Museum and 'the Other'
  • AH 214/414 Beyond the Boundaries: Folk, Outsider, and Visionary Arts
  • AH 259/459 Women, Cloth, Culture