Bibiana Obler

Professor Obler's research and teaching interests include European and American art from the late nineteenth century to the present, with emphases on early twentieth-century avant-gardes, theories of gender and cross-cultural representation, film studies, applied arts, and intellectual history. Her book, currently titled Intimate Collaborations: Gender, Craft, and the Emergence of Abstraction, is forthcoming with Yale University Press (2014). It focuses on two artist couples: Gabriele Muenter and Wassily Kandinsky, and Sophie Taeuber and Hans Arp. Her writing, on topics ranging from Dada cross-stitch to contemporary African art, has been featured in Art Bulletin, Artforum, caa.reviews, The Journal of Modern Craft, and Sculpture Journal. Prior to arriving at GW, Professor Obler held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, and in the spring of 2012, she was the James Renwick Fellow in American Craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.