Natalie Loveless

Natalie Loveless in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room, Crystal Bridges Museum.
Photo: James Glasscock (2022)

Associate Professor, History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture
Interim Chair, Department of Drama
Director, Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory
Co-Director, Faculty of Arts Signature Area in Research-Creation

Office: 3-91 Fine Arts Building

Areas of Teaching and Research

Contemporary Art; Visual and Performance Studies; Gender and Sexuality

Natalie Loveless with Donna Haraway, keynote speaker for the 2014 'Think Tank', "Knowings and Knots: Methodologies + Ecologies in Research Creation."


PhD (History of Consciousness), University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010; MFA (Interdisciplinary Studio Art), School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2004; MA (Contemporary Art History and Theory), Tufts University, 2004

Natalie S. Loveless teaches contemporary art and theory with a focus on feminist art, performance art, conceptual art, activist art, art-as-social-practice. Her recent books, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation examine debates surrounding research-creation and its institutionalization, paying particular attention to what it means - and why it matters - to make and teach art research-creationally in the North American university today. Forthcoming books include Responding to Site: The Performance Work of Marilyn Arsem and The Routledge Companion to Performance Art. She recently completed New Maternalisms, a project bringing together feminist art practice, theory and curation, and an interdisciplinary collaborative project on global vaccination called Immune Nations that culminated in a high-profile exhibition at UNAIDS in Geneva during the 2017 World Health Assembly. During the 2018-19 academic year, Loveless was in residence as a visiting scholar in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC) at Concordia University in Montreal, and is currently working on two projects on art and climate justice: Speculative Energy Futures (a collaborative interdisciplinary project that is part of the Future Energy Systems initiative funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund) and a book and curatorial project, Sensing the Anthropocene: Aesthetic Attunement in an age of Urgency.

Regularly Taught Courses: Themes in Contemporary Art; Gender, Sexuality, and Visual Culture; Art and Social Justice; Introduction to Performance Art, Art and the Anthropocene; and The Content of the Form.

Dr. Loveless is happy to supervise students interested in contemporary art with a focus on social and climate justice, gender and sexuality, and performance-based practices, especially students who investigate these topics from multispecies, antiracist, psychoanalytic, queer, and feminist perspectives. Research-creation applicants must have a strong commitment to history and theory, in addition to practice.

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