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Charles Palermo

Alumni Memorial Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Art and Art History

Office: Andrews 209
Email: [[cjpale]]
Office Phone: 757-221-2537

Research Intrests

French art and literature from Symbolism through the early1930s and the history and theory of art photography (especially the work ofJames Agee, Guillaume Apollinaire, Peter Henry Emerson, Walker Evans, DouglasGordon, Michel Leiris, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso); theories of theinterpretation and ontology of art.


2000    Ph.D., History of Art, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland

1995    M.A., History of Art, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

1988    B.A., Germanic Languages and Literatures, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Grants, Awards, & Residencies
2010-11, Alternate, senior fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

2009, Research fellow, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts (February-June)

2005, Millard Meiss Publication Grant, College Art Association, for Fixed Ecstasy

2005, Spanish Ministry of Culture grant for Fixed Ecstasy

2005, PSC/CUNY Research Award for Fixed Ecstasy

2000, Dissertation awarded distinction

1998-1999, Bourse Chateaubriand, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1997-1998, Dedalus Foundation, dissertation fellowship

Selected Publications
Inheritances: Understanding Photographic Texts (book in preparation)

Toward Picasso: Modernism and Authority in the Early Work of Picasso and Apollinaire (book in manuscript)

“Picasso’s False Gods” under review at nonsite.org

“A Project for Wholeness” in Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910-12 (exh. cat., Kimbell Art Museum, May 22- August 21, 2011; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, September 17, 2011-January 2, 2012)

Fixed Ecstasy: Joan Miró in the 1920s, Refiguring Modernism (University Park, Penn.: Penn State University Press, 2008)

“The World in the Ground Glass: Transformations in P.H. Emerson’s Photography,” Art Bulletin 89.1 (March 2007): 130-47.

“Michel Leiris on Knowing,” MLN 120.4 (fall 2005): 825-48.

“Tactile Translucence: Miró, Leiris, Einstein,” October 97 (summer 2001): 31-50.


Nineteenth-Century European Art

Twentieth-Century European Art

History of Photography

Theories of Visual Culture

Methods of Art History

Problems in the History and Criticism of Photography

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Picasso and His Circle

Websites & Links

Charles Palermo is one of the editors of nonsite.org, a new, peer-reviewed scholarly on-line journal based at Emory University.

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