Nathan J. Timpano
Chair & Associate Professor of Art History

Art of the long nineteenth century; Austrian & German modernism(s);
theory & curatorial practices

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Nathan J. Timpano is Chair of Art & Art History and Associate Professor of Art History. 

Dr. Timpano joined the Department of Art & Art History in 2010. His research focuses on the history of modern art & visual culture in Europe during the long nineteenth century (ca. 1789-1945), with a specialty in German and Austrian symbolism and expressionism. At UM, his courses range from Neoclassical to Modern art, including Surrealism in Europe & Latin America.

In his book Constructing the Viennese Modern Body (Routledge, 2017), Professor Timpano demonstrates how the human body was discussed, portrayed, and utilized as an aesthetic metaphor in turn-of-the-century Vienna. By scrutinizing theatrically “hysterical” performances, avant-garde puppet plays, and images created by Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele and others, he illustrates the manner in which these Viennese artists favored the pathological, or puppet-like, body as their contributions to European modernism.

Prior to his work at UM, Dr. Timpano was the Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University (2009-2010), where he organized an online exhibition and database of photographic works by the German-American artist Lyonel Feininger. 

Professor Timpano has been awarded fellowships and grants from the DAAD Program in Germany (2007); the US Fulbright Program in Austria (2007-2008); the Getty Research Institute (2015); LACMA (2013; 2022); and Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2024). He has additionally held professional positions at the National Gallery of Art and the Kreeger Museum (both in DC), and currently serves as a guest faculty curator at UM’s Lowe Art Museum.

"A Language of Esoteric Signs:

Deciphering Jewish and Masonic Gestures in Viennese Expressionism,” Modernism/modernity (forthcoming, Johns Hopkins UP, 2024).

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"Erasing 'Jewish Traces':

Max Oppenheimer and the Crux of Art Historiography,” in Erasures and Eradications in Viennese Modernism, eds. Megan Brandow-Faller and Laura Morowitz (Routledge, 2022).

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"On Not Seeing or Feeling:

Embodying Disability in Viennese Modern Art,” in Routledge Companion to Art and Disability, eds. Keri Watson and Timothy Hiles (Routledge, 2021). 

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