Dr. Greer is Associate Professor in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture and is a member of the Religious Studies and Science and the Technology in Society Interdisciplinary Programs. Her research concerns late nineteenth and early twentieth century European visual and material culture with a special focus on the convergences of art and design discourses with those of religion and radical politics. Areas of concentration include constructions of genius and of artistic identity, the relationship between artistic and religious discourses, representations of Christ, the mythologizing and reception of Vincent van Gogh, art and design periodicals and the private press movement, and the history and theory of sustainable design. She co-curated and coedited the exhibition catalogue for Seeing the World of Sound: the Cover Art of Folkways Records (2005).
Spring 2012 Interdisciplinary Course Seminar Grant, Cycle One
Van Gogh Up Close: Religion and Science in Late Nineteenth-Century Images of Nature
This senior undergraduate and graduate level, research-intensive seminar will examine images of nature in the art of Vincent Van Gogh. The works in the exhibition Van Gogh Up Close (National Gallery of Canada) will serve as both a focus and a point of departure for studying this imagery and related works by other artists.
Van Gogh's works are complex, being informed on a fundamental level by the artist's exceptionally in depth understanding of past and present art and art theory, accompanied by an insider's knowledge of the art market. They also, however, engage significantly with numerous other areas, notably, in relation to representations of nature, with those associate with "religion", on the one hand, and "science", on the other, with both terms construed broadly. These three areas - art, religion and science - will form the backbone of enquiries into representations of nature carried out through the close examination of the writings, drawings and paintings of Van Gogh.