The Department of Art & Art History UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI


Modern art in Europe & the Americas

19th & early 20th-century art

Art theory & criticism




Nathan Timpano came to the University of Miami in 2010. His present research focuses on the history and historiography of modern art produced during the long nineteenth century (1789 - 1918), particularly in Europe and Latin America.  As a specialist in German and Austrian modern art and visual culture, he teaches courses on European Modernism(s), including Expressionism and Surrealism. He additionally teaches all graduate and undergraduate courses related to Latin American Modernism within the Department of Art & Art History.


Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Professor Timpano was the Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums / Busch-Resinger Museum at Harvard University, where his research focused on the photographic works of the German-American artist Lyonel Feininger.  Among his various awards, Professor Timpano has been the recipient of a Faculty Research fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at UM (2013 - 2014), a Fulbright doctoral fellowship to Austria (2007 - 2008), and a DAAD doctoral grant to Germany (2007).


Professor Timpano recently curated a major exhibition titled Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States, which opened in June 2013 at the Lowe Art Museum. The show is scheduled to tour the country in the following years.



Current Projects:


The Hysterical Muse: Schiele, Kokoschka, and the Subject of Viennese Modernism (book manuscript)


"An American Pasticheur: William Merritt Chase and the Portraits of Modern Life" (book chapter, forthcoming, London: D Giles, Ltd, 2013).


“Feeling Blue: Der Blaue Reiter, Francophilia and the Tate Gallery, 1960" (book chapter, forthcoming, 2014).



Selected Publications:


Books & Catalogues


Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States, exh. cat. (Coral Gables: Lowe Art Museum, 2013).


Articles & Essays


“Nazi vs Niebelung: Satirising National Socialism at Harvard’s Germanic Museum," Oxford Art Journal 35, no. 3 (December 2012): 389-411.


“Los Once & Los Cinco: Cuban Responses to Abstract Expressionism,” in From the Vault, Building a Legacy: Sixty Years of Collecting at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, exh. cat. (Coral Gables: Lowe Art Museum, 2012), 21-25.


"The dialectics of vision: Oskar Kokoschka and the historiography of expressionistic sight," Journal of Art Historiography 1, no. 5 (December 2011): 1-13.


"Afterward: Lyonel Feininger at Harvard," in Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939, exh. cat. (Ostfildern and Cambridge: Hatje Cantz and Harvard Art Museums, 2011), 149-51.


"Marketing the European-American: William Merritt Chase, Munich and the Märchenkönig," in American Artists in Munich: Artistic Migration and Cultural Exchange Processes, ed. Christian Fuhrmeister (Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2009), 179-92.


"Translating Vanguardia: Wifredo Lam, Transculturation, and the Crux of Avant-gardism," Rutgers Art Review 23 (2007): 48-67.


"Peter Neusser: Constructing Urban Heterotopias in the Modern City," Chicago Art Journal 15 (2005): 107-11.


"Misremembering Racial Histories: The Role of the Viewer in Kara Walker’s The Emancipation Approximation," Athanor 23 (2005): 89-95.





Ph.D. (2010), Florida State University

M.A. (2006), Florida State University

B.A. (2002), Whitworth University


Post-docotral curatorial fellow (2009 - 2010), Harvard University

Fulbright doctoral fellow (2007 - 2008), Universität Wien



website © Nathan J. Timpano | 2013

photo © Jose M. Cabrera | 2013

banner detail from Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze (1902)