The Department of Art & Art History UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI


The Department of Art & Art History UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI


Heather A. Diack



Assistant Professor of Art History

1540 Levante Avenue

Coral Gables, FL 33146



Modern & contemporary art

Conceptual art & photography

Art theory & criticism




Heather A. Diack is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Miami where she teaches Modern and Contemporary Art, Theory, and the History of Photography. Though her teaching covers all aspects of art after 1945 and the legacies of the early avant-garde, Dr. Diack’s research focuses on conceptual art in relation to photography.


Diack received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (2010), and is a graduate of the art history program of McGill University (2001) and the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2006-2007).


Professor Diack has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from DAAD/Goethe Institute, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Jackman Humanities Centre, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Centre for the Study of the United States (University of Toronto), the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Modern Art, and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia.


The author of Photography Collected Us (University of Toronto Art Centre, 2012), Dr. Diack has published articles in Public, RACAR, and Afterimage, and is a contributing critic to Artforum magazine as well as an active curator. She is currently completing a book project, entitled Framing Doubt: Photography, Conceptual Art, and Contemporary Uncertainty, which analyzes the ways conceptual artists used the photograph to challenge epistemological limits, confound photography’s presumed indexicality, and emphasize experience over exactitude.  She is also editing a volume on the critical conjunction between conceptual art and humor.


In summer 2014, Diack will be a resident at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, as a fellow in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for the study of The Visual Culture of the American Civil War.


During 2014-2015 Dr. Diack will be in residence as a Faculty Research Fellow at the University of Miami Center for the Humanities.



Teaching and Research Interests:


Contemporary Art and Critical Theory

History and Theory of Photography

Conceptual Art

Issues of Globalization in Contemporary Art

Curatorial Studies; Visual Culture

Performance Studies

Aesthetic Philosophy and Civic Engagement




website © Nathan J. Timpano | 2014

photo © Jose M. Cabrera | 2013

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

website © Heather A. Diack | 2014

photo © Heather A. Diack | 2014

banner detail from Étienne-Jules Marey's Pole Vaulter (1886)