Nathan J. Timpano
Associate Professor of Art History &
Area Head of Art History
302B Merrick Building
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Modern Art in Europe & the Americas
19th-century European Art
Art Theory & Criticism
Nathan Timpano is currently associate professor and area head of art history within the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Miami. His research focuses on the history of modern art & visual culture in Europe and the Americas, with a specialty in German and Austrian modernism. He teaches courses on 19th- & 20th-century European art, Viennese modernism, Surrealism in Europe & the Americas, and Latin American modernism.
Prior to his work at UM, Dr. Timpano was the 2009-2010 Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University, where his research focused on the photographic works of the German-American artist Lyonel Feininger. He has additionally held professional positions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Among his various awards, Dr. Timpano was a Getty Research Institute Summer Fellow (2015), a Faculty Research Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at UM (2013 - 2014), a Rifkind Center Scholar-in-Residence at LACMA (2013), a Fulbright Fellow to Vienna, Austria (2007 - 2008), and a DAAD Scholar to Munich, Germany (2007).
Dr. Timpano will lead the ArtLab@Lowe student exhibition course in Spring 2019.
Professor Timpano is currently writing a second academic book on color theory and German modern art and literature.
Books & Catalogs:
Constructing the Viennese Modern Body: Art, Hysteria, and the Puppet (New York and London: Routledge, 2017).
“Feeling Blue: Der Blaue Reiter, Francophilia and the Tate Gallery, 1960," in German Expressionism: Der Blaue
Reiter and its Legacies (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2018).
“The Magician, the Mermaid, and the Ouroboros: Franz von Stuck and the Iconography of Alchemy,” in Visions of
Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture, eds. Daniel Zamani and Judith Noble (London: Fulgur,
“At Water’s Edge: Mermaids and Sea Snails in the Symbolist Art of Arnold Böcklin and Leo Putz,” in Underwater
Worlds, ed. Will Abberley (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2018).
Articles & Essays:
“Shades of Darkness: Sebastian Spreng’s DRESDEN Series,” in Sebastian Spreng: DRESDEN, exh. cat. (Coral
Gables: Lowe Art Museum, 2018), 18-23.
"'His Wretched Hand': Aubrey Beardsley, the Grotesque Body, and Viennese Modern Art," Art History 40, no. 3
(June 2017): 554-81.
“Body Doubles: The Puppe as Doppelgänger in Fin-de-Siècle Viennese Visual Culture,” in The Doppelgänger, ed.
Deborah Ascher Barnstone, vol. 3, German Visual Culture (Oxford and New York: Peter Lang, 2016), 119-46.
“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 (Coral Gables: Lowe Art Museum,
"Afterward: Lyonel Feininger at Harvard," in Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939 (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
“Misremembering Racial Histories: The Role of the Viewer in Kara Walker’s The Emancipation Approximation,”
Athanor 23 (2005): 89–95.
“The Justification of Modernist Painting: A Review of Frank Stella: Experiment and Change,” NSU Art Museum, Fort
Lauderdale, November 12, 2017–July 8, 2018, The Miami Rail (March 22, 2018):
"Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development edited by Luisa Del Giudice," Italian Americana 35,
no. 1 (Winter 2017): 96-97.
"Mona Hatoum," Tate Modern, London, May 4–August 21, 2016, caa.reviews (September 15, 2017):
“Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World,” Tate Britain, London, June 24–October 25, 2015, caa.reviews
(May 12, 2016): http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/2784#.V9sli5MrLVo.
“Robert Farris Thompson, Aesthetic of the Cool: Afro-Atlantic Art and Music,” caa.reviews (October 15, 2015):
“Egon Schiele: Portraits,” Neue Galerie New York, October 9, 2014–January 19, 2015, caa.reviews (July 16, 2015):
"Peter Neusser: Constructing Urban Heterotopias in the Modern City," Chicago Art Journal 15 (2005): 107-11.
Ph.D. (2010), Florida State University
M.A. (2006), Florida State University
B.A. (2002), Whitworth University
Post-doctoral curatorial fellow (2009 - 2010), Harvard University
Fulbright doctoral fellow (2007 - 2008), Universität Wien
website © Nathan J. Timpano | 2018
photo © Juniette Fiore | 2018
image details by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele & Barbara Hepworth