Lawrence Hall 253
University of Chicago, Ph.D., 2009
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
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