Priyanka Basu

Priyanka Basu

CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History

Department: Art History

Office Address: Baxter 103

Office Phone: (909) 607-4218


Academic History

  • B.S. Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M.A. Art Theory and Criticism, Art Center College of Design
  • M.A. Art History, University of Southern California
  • Ph.D. Art History, University of Southern California

Areas of Expertise

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Art and Theory, especially in Germany; History of Art History in Germany and Austria; Applied Arts

Selected Research and Publications

  • “Primitivism,” in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism online, ed. Stephen Ross (London: Routledge, 2016). (forthcoming)
  • “Between Preservation and Destruction: Bernd and Hilla Becher’s Archive of ‘Anonymous Sculpture,’” in Edinburgh German Yearbook 9: Archive and Memory in German-Language Literature and Culture, ed. Dora Osborne. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015 (forthcoming, peer-reviewed)
  • “Art Historical ‘Borderlands’: Elisabeth Wilson, Martin Heydrich, and August Schmarsow on ‘Primitive’ Ornament,” Journal of Art Historiography 12 (June 2015), special issue on “Interpretations of ‘Primitive Art’ in European Scholarship and Museums in the Decades around 1900,” eds. Wilfried van Damme and Raymond Corbey (peer-reviewed, invited contribution)
  • Exhibition review of Grete Marks: When Modern Was Degenerate, Milwaukee Art Museum, September 2012 – February 2013, The Journal of Modern Craft 7:1 (March 2014)
  • “Ideal and Material Ornament: Rethinking the ‘Beginnings’ and History of Art,” Journal of Art Historiography 9 (December 2013) (peer-reviewed)
  • “Anfänge der Kunst und die Kunst der Naturvölker. Kunstwissenschaft um 1900,” in Image Match: Visueller Transfer, “Imagescapes” und Intervisualität in globalen Bild-Kulturen, eds., Martina Baleva, Ingeborg Reichle, and Oliver Lerone Schultz. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2012
  • Book review of Elizabeth C. Mansfield, ed., Making Art History: A Changing Discipline and its Institutions,, 28 April 2010

Awards and Honors

  • Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2009–2011
  • DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service) Research Grant, Germany, 2009–2010
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Free University, Berlin, Germany (declined), 2009–2010
  • Fulbright-IIE Fellowship, Germany, 2007–2008
  • University of Southern California, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, Graduate Student Research Grant, 2006

Courses Taught

  • Seminar in Twentieth Century Art: History of Modern Design
  • European Modernism 1840-1940
  • Seminar in Modern Art: From Expressionism to the Bauhaus
  • History of Art History