University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Joyce Cheng

Joyce Cheng
Joyce Cheng

Associate Professor

Lawrence Hall 253
Phone: 541-346-3677
University of Chicago, Ph.D., 2009

Curriculum Vitae

Cheng received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2009, where she studied European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Apart from modernist art and poetics, other areas of her scholarly interest include philosophical aesthetics, critical theory, primitivism and the anthropology of art. She has published articles and book chapters on Symbolism, Dada, Surrealism and the art theories of Carl Einstein. She is currently completing a book on the intersection between avant-garde art theories and anthropology in the interwar period.


'Silence, Stasis, Materiality: Expressing the Tragic in Fin-de-Siècle Art' in The Tragic Muse: Art and Emotion, 1700-1900.

Chicago: The Smart Museum and University of Chicago Press, 2011

Selected Courses Taught

ARH 206

ARH 300

ARH 353

ARH 358

ARH 4|510

ARH 4|510

ARH 4|510

CHC 400

ARH 4|507

ARH 607

ARH 607

ARH 611

Western Art III

Critical Approaches to Studies in Art History

Modern Art 1880-1950

History of Design

Dada: Art & Beyond

Fin de Siècle Europe: Art and Culture

Surrealism: Art, Literature, Cinema


Style: Art, Architecture, Design and Fashion

Play, Toys, Games

What is Abstraction?

Art Historical Theories and Methodologies