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Jasmina Tumbas | New VS Faculty

June 20, 2013  by: Dom

The Department of Art is pleased to welcome Jasmina Tumbas to our faculty.  Jasmina’s teaching and research fields focus on modern and contemporary art and theory, feminism and art, histories and theories of performance, body and conceptual art, art and activism, politics of contemporary visual culture, and critical theory. During her Ph.D. studies in Art History at Duke University’s Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Tumbas received a number of fellowships to conduct extensive research at various archives in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Germany. Part of her dissertation, which analyzes performance, conceptual and mail art from former Yugoslavia and Hungary in the post World War II era, was published in ArtMargins in fall 2012.

Tumbas has presented her research at a range of international conferences, and has co-organized events and conferences at Duke University, such as the first “Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics’ 2012 Convergence: The Geo/Body Politics of Emancipation” in Fall 2012, and will serve as a faculty advisor to graduate students during the next Hemispheric Convergence on “Experimental Collectivities” at USC, Los Angeles (October 2013). In 2010, Tumbas co-founded the Public School Durham, an independently run experimental learning community open to the public with branches in New York, Berlin, Paris, and Los Angeles, among other locations, and taught a number of classes on Contemporary Art, Queer Cinema, and East European Film for the public school. Tumbas also works with Roma artists and activists in Europe as a translator and editor, as well as a freelance assistant editor and translator for the ArtLeaks collective.

New courses taught by Jasmina Tumbas – grad and undergrad -offered for Fall 13

Feminism, Art, and Culture
Instructor: Assistant Professor Jasmina Tumbas
 #24643 VS 500SEM M 1:00PM – 3:40PM Clemens 606
 #24644 VS 400SEM M 1:00PM – 3:40PM Clemens 606

This course explores how feminist theory and activism transformed the history of art and visual culture from Simone de Beauvoir’s landmark book The Second Sex (1949) to the present.  We will consider the roles of gender, race, class, and sexuality, and think about how feminist art addressed, challenged, and changed discriminatory politics of difference. We will analyze artworks in relation to their historical and social contexts and from a variety of art historical methodologies; and we will examine feminist works in all media from painting and sculpture to performance, conceptual, and installation art, and from photography, film, and video to multimedia. Our discussions will be informed by first, second, and third-wave feminism, as well as queer theory and feminist activism.

Performance Art in History and Theory
Instructor: Assistant Professor Jasmina Tumbas
#24642 VS 300LEC Special Topics-Performance Art-Theory T R 11:00AM – 12:20PM O’Brian 210

This seminar examines the history of performance art from the mid-1950s to the present, with an emphasis on the political and aesthetic interventions of the body in art and visual culture, as well as the relationship between performance art, subjectivity and identity including queer theory and gender studies. Ranging in topics from endurance, violence, pain, love, injustice, racism, war, and science to activism, collective collaborations, and reenactment, we will also consider the politics of the archive, the role of photography in representing ephemeral acts, processes of institutionalization, and the proliferation of performance art and theory and performativity after 1989 to the present. Among the genres we will explore are the Japanese Gutai group, happenings and Fluxus, the Situationist International, Viennese Actionism, destruction in art, and all forms of contemporary body art.

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