Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Tessa Paneth-Pollak
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pollack.pngAssistant Professor, Fixed Term
Art History & Visual Culture
P 517-884-8992


Tessa Paneth-Pollak received her PhD from Princeton University in 2015.  Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art and theory, with a focus on prewar European modernism. She is at work on her first book project titled Definite Means: Modernism's Cut-Outs, whose core analysis of the book centers on the cut-out practices of three major modernist sculptors: Auguste Rodin, Hans (Jean) Arp, and Henri Matisse, argues that artists turned to cutting out (as opposed to collage) as a means to answer urgent questions about the abstract artwork in the period and to negotiate some of modernism’s key dialectics—between the organic and the mechanistic and between vitality and violence. A second book project in progress, Cuts from Below, develops her interest in the real spatial dimensions and social implications of cutting by analyzing the work of Kara Walker, Mark Bradford, and Robert Hodge through the lenses of spatial and racial division, violence, and resistance.  Her research has been supported by fellowships from Princeton University and the Stiftung Arp. She is a founding member of the Feminist Art & Architecture Collaborative (FAAC), together with Olga Touloumi, Martina Tanga, and Ana María León. She is also Core Faculty with MSU’s Center for Gender in a Global Context.



Paneth-Pollak, Tessa, Ana María León, Martina Tanga, and Olga Touloumi (FAAC- Feminist Art and Architecture Collaborative), “Counterplanning from the Classroom,” Field Note, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Forthcoming September 2017.

“Sartor Resartus.” Diane Simpson. Chicago: Corbett v. Dempsey, 2016. Exhibition catalogue. Edited reprint.

 “Jennifer L. Shaw, Reading Claude Cahun’s Disavowals. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013.” Book review. H-France 16, no. 157 (August 2016).

“Sartor Resartus: Diane Simpson at the ICA Boston.” Big, Red, & Shiny (February, 3, 2016).

“Understanding Reinhardt’s Newsprint Collage,” The Brooklyn Rail. Special Issue: Ad Reinhardt Centennial, 1913-2013, eds. Barbara Rose and Alex Bacon (December 2013)

“Société Anonyme: Modernism for America // December 12, 2012-July 14, 2013,” Modern Painters Magazine (June 2013)

“Jean Arp: Blain|DiDonna // November 1 – December 11, 2012,” Modern PaintersMagazine (March 2013)



IAH209            Contested Spaces:Art, Architecture, Politics

HA102             Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary

HA450             Special Topics: Cutting & Collage from Early Photography to Hip-Hop

HA491             Special Topics: Contested Spaces: Art, Architecture, Politics