Steering Committee

Berlo, Janet Catherine

PhD,  Art History, Yale University, 1980
Professor, Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies
513 Morey Hall
Box 270456
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627

(585) 275-4168  |  Email  |  Website


Research Interests
  • Native American art and visual culture
  • the politics of representation
  • museum studies and critique
  • quilt, craft, and “folk art”
  • history and historiography
  • issues of materiality both old and new
Current Projects
  • Native North American Art, Oxford U. Press (co-authored with Ruth Phillips, second revised and expanded edition, forthcoming 2014)
  • Not Native American Art: Falsifications, Misrepresentations, and Vexed Identities. (Book manuscript to be completed 2014)
Selected Publications
Selected recent and forthcoming publications (in addition to essays and catalogue entries in major exhibition catalogues of Native American art published in France, Germany, and the United States).
  • “Beyond the Mirror: Indigenous Ecologies and ‘New Materialisms’ in Contemporary Art,” Third Text 120: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, ed. T.J. Demos.  January 2013 (co-authored with Jessica Horton)
  • “Changing Hands, Shifting Paradigms: Materiality, Craft, and Identity in 21st Century Native Art,” American Indian Art Magazine  38(3), summer 2013, pp. 58-69 (co-authored with Alexander Brier Marr)
  • “Transgressing Borders: Miguel Covarrubias and the Development of Native American Art History,” in Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line, ed. Carolyn Kastner. Santa Fe: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Research Center, forthcoming 2014
  • “Navajo Sandpainting in the Age of Cross-cultural Replication,” in Theorizing Imitation in a Global Context, ed. Paul Duro. (forthcoming in special issue of journal Art History, 2014)
  • “Pueblo Indian Painting in 1932: Folding Narratives of Native Art into American Art History,” in The Blackwell Companion to American Art History, edited by J. Greenhill, J. Davis, & J. LaFountain, London: Blackwell, forthcoming 2014. (co-authored with Jessica Horton)
  • “A Gathering Place: Relationality in Contemporary Native Installation Art” in Native Art Now!  ed. V. Passalacqua and K. Morris, Indianapolis: The Eiteljorg Museum, forthcoming, 2014. (co-authored with Jessica Horton)
  • José Bedia: Transcultural Pilgrim, Los Angeles: Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA, 2011 (exhibition catalogue, co-authored with Judith Bettelheim)
  • “The Body in the White Box: Corporeal Ethics and Museum Representation,” J. Marstine, ed., Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics:  Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum, NY: Routledge Press, 2011, pp. 353-378. (co-authored with Mara Gladstone)
  • “Navajo Cosmoscapes: Up, Down, Within,” Smithsonian Journal of American Art, Vol. 25 (1), 2011, pp. 10-13
Graduate Courses Taught
  • AH 414  Beyond the Boundaries: Folk and Outsider Art
  • AH 476  Gender & Representation
  • AH 477  The Museum and 'the Other'
  • AH 585  Visual Culture of Heritage and Identity
  • AH 598  Object Lessons
Undergraduate Courses Taught
  • SA 209  Writing on Art
  • AH 214  Beyond the Boundaries: Folk and Outsider Art
  • AH 276  Gender & Representation
  • AH 277  The Museum and 'the Other'
  • AH 398  Senior Seminar: Object Lessons
Selected Awards/Grants
  • NEH Fellowship for College Teachers, 2012-2013
  • Center for Craft and Creativity Fellowship, 2012
  • Distinguished Mellon Scholar in Residence, Department of Art History. U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2007
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1999-2000
  • Getty Senior Scholar Collaborative Grant, 1994-6