Betsy Boone

Professor, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture

Office: 3-98 FAB
Phone: (780) 492-9993

Areas of Teaching and Research

Nineteenth-century art and visual culture; trans-national relations in Europe and the Americas; embodied memory and the politics of display. I am currently working on a book about the exhibitions of Spanish art mounted in honor of centenary celebrations in the United States (1876, 1893 and 1915), France (1889), Argentina (1910), Mexico (1910), and Chile (1910).


MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1985; PhD, City University of New York, 1996

Betsy is a professor in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture. She works on nineteenth and early twentieth-century art in the Western Europe and the Americas and is particularly interested in trans-national relations, the role of art in the development of national identity, and the politics of display. She taught for ten years at Humboldt State University in California before coming to the University of Alberta. She is the author of exhibition catalogues and articles on a number of topics, including the nineteenth-century reception of Vermeer (1992), paintings of Spain by Mary Cassatt (1995), depression-era murals in San Francisco (2002), American variations of Velázquez’s Las meninas (2003), the use of illustrations by Joseph Pennell to mask international political controversy in turn-of-the century travel literature (2005), and the metaphor of travel in the work of Spanish-born Mexican surrealist Remedios Varo (2005). She published Vistas de España: American Views of Art and Life in Spain, 1860–1914 with Yale University Press in 2007, and is currently working on a book about Spanish art exhibitions mounted in honor of centennial celebrations in the United States, France, Spain, and Latin America.

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