My work focuses on art and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries, especially on the history and theories of exhibition and museum displays, the role of institutions in the representation of national identity, the cultural transfer between countries, and the work of Adolph Menzel, Max Liebermann, and Max Beckmann, including issues of exile and emigration.
Professional Experience and Awards:
Research Associate, Yale University Art Gallery, 1962-67.
Fellow, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 1966.
Chief Curator and Lecturer, Department of Art and University Art Museum, Stanford University, 1968-73.
Acting Director, Stanford University Museum of Art, 1971-72.
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Art, UC Berkeley, 1973-74.
Professor, University of California, Riverside, 1974-2011.
Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 1974-75 and 1977.
Visiting Professor, University of Zürich, Switzerland, 1977-78.
Director, UC Education Abroad Program, University of California at Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany, 1982-84.
Guest Professor, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany, 1983.
Chair, Department of History of Art, University of California, Riverside, 1987-92.
Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, 1994-95.
College Art (CAA) Distinguished Teaching Award, 1996.
Member of the Board, Historians of German and Central European Art and Architecture, 1999-2005.
Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1999.
President of the U.S. National Committee for the History of Art, 2000-2004.
Member of the Board, Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art, 2000-2004.
Visiting Scholar, Centre Allemand d’Histoire de L’Art, Paris, Spring 2001.
Fellow, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, Fall 2001.
Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2006.
Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2007.
Aby-Warburg Guest Professor, Warburg-Haus, University of Hamburg, 2013.
Johann Heinrich Ramberg als Karikaturist und Satiriker, Hannover, 1963.
French and School of Paris Paintings in the Yale University Art Gallery: A Catalogue Raisonné, Yale University Press, 1968.
Old Master Drawings from the Collection of Kurt Meissner, Zurich, Stanford Art Book 10, Stanford University, 1969
Käthe Kollwitz, Prints, Drawings, Sculpture. Exhibition Catalogue, University of California, Riverside, 1978. Editor and contributing author.
Imagining Modern German Culture: 1889-1910, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1996. Editor and contributing author.
Max Beckmann in Kalifornien: Exil, Erinnerung und Erneuerung, München, Berlin 2007.
Max Liebermann and International Modernism, New York/Oxford, 2011. Coeditor with Marion Deshmukh and Barbara Gaehtgens and contributing author.
Numerous articles and contributions to books and exhibition catalogues in the U.S. and abroad on issues of 19th and 20th century art and culture and the role of institutions and exhibition displays in the construction of national and cultural identity.
Currently working on The Invention of the History of Modern Art: The Jahrhundertausstellung in Berlin (1906) and Meier-Graefe’s “Entwicklungsgeschichte der modernen Kunst” (1904), published in one version as “Text and Display: Julius Meier-Graefe, the 1906 White Centennial in Berlin and the Canon of Modern Art,” in: Art History, February 2015.