UMKC Art History Professor named a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Courtesan (after Eisen) Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887Professor Frances Connelly, Ph.D., a professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, will serve as a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in June 2018. While there, she will lead a seminar as part of the “Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth Century Art” program.

The Van Gogh Museum’s program, now entering its 12th year, brings foreign scholars annually to the Netherlands to teach a seminar in 19th century art to graduate students and professionals. Connelly’s seminar is entitled The Grotesque in Late Nineteenth-Century Art. It will explore the workings of the grotesque in this unsettled and unsettling period and explore why it is a particularly powerful means to grapple with its social upheavals and cultural shifts.

The seminar will take place the first week of June in conjunction with the museum’s major exhibition, Van Gogh and Japan.

“Connelly’s writings on modern art and the grotesque had been an inspiration to the curators and a seminar with [her] on this topic, with particular reference to Japan and Japanese art, [will] make a welcome complement to the show,” said Rachel Esner, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Amsterdam and Coordinator of the Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in Nineteenth-Century Art program.

UMKC Art History Professor Frances Connelly poses for a portrait

Connelly’s research focus is modern European art, with a particular interest in the intersection of art history and anthropology.She has published twobooks on the grotesque: The Grotesque in Western Art and Culture: The Image at Play (2012) and Modern Art and the Grotesque (2003). Her research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution and the Mellon Foundation.

Connelly holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh; a M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; and a B.A. from Wake Forest University.