Karen Gonzalez Rice



Contact Karen Gonzalez Rice
Email: kgonzal1@conncoll.edu
Mailbox: 5346
Office: 209 Cummings Arts Center
Phone: (860) 439-5103
Fax: (860) 439-5339

Karen Gonzalez Rice, Sue and Eugene Mercy Assistant Professor of Art History

Sue and Eugene Mercy Assistant Professor of Art History

Joined Connecticut College: 2011

On sabbatical Fall 2014

Education
B.A., M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., Duke University

Specializations
• Contemporary art (1945-present) • Experimental art • Performance studies • Contemporary art and the body • American studies; contemporary art in America • Religion in contemporary art • Trauma studies • Art and ethics


Karen Gonzalez Rice, Sue and Eugene Mercy Assistant Professor, Department of Art HistoryKaren Gonzalez Rice joined Connecticut College in 2011. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University’s Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies in 2010.

Her approach to teaching and research is multidisciplinary, drawing on methodologies of contemporary art history, religious studies, American studies and trauma studies.

Her courses at Connecticut College include Late 20th-Century Art, Pop Art, and Survey of the History of Art II: Renaissance to the Present, as well as upper-level courses such as Environmental Art & Its Ethics, Minimalism and the American West, and Radical Bodies: Contemporary Art & Action.

Gonzalez Rice is committed to ethical inquiry and lively debate in and beyond the classroom, and her courses often draw on local art resources. Student projects include researching Sol Lewitt sculptures on campus and in the town of New London, analyzing art historical narratives in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and presenting public gallery talks about their research on campus artworks.

Gonzalez Rice is currently completing a book manuscript titled Long Suffering: Surviving Trauma and Living Religion in American Endurance Art, which explores the intersection of twentieth-century American avant-garde performance art with traditions of prophetic religious discourse in the United States. An excerpt from the book is included in the edited anthology Beyond Belief: Theoaesthetics or Old-Time Religion? (2010). A related article, “‘No Pictures:’ Blind Date and Abject Masculinity” will appear in Performance Research in February 2014. Her next project, Forming the Habit: Monastic Commitment in Contemporary Art, traces representations of monasticism in American popular visual culture and in avant-garde performance art in the 1970s.

Gonzalez Rice has also taught at Duke University and at Beloit College.

At Connecticut College, she has served on several committees, including Writing Across the Curriculum Board and the Instructional Technology Advisory Board.

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