Nathan J. Timpano

Nathan J. Timpano
Chair & Associate Professor of Art History

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

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

Dr. Timpano joined the department in 2010. His research focuses on the history of modern art & visual culture(s) in the long nineteenth century (ca. 1789-1945), with a specialty in German and Austrian symbolism and expressionism. Within the department, he teaches courses that range from late-seventeenth to early twentieth-century art, as well as 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, Koloman Moser, 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 (2009-2010), where his studies focused on the photographic works of the German-American artist Lyonel Feininger. Professor Timpano has additionally been awarded fellowships from: DAAD Program in Germany (2007); the Fulbright Program in Austria (2007-2008); the Getty (2015); LACMA (2013; 2022). He has held professional positions at the National Gallery of Art & the Kreeger Museum (both in Washington, DC), and currently serves as a guest faculty curator at UM’s Lowe Art Museum.

Selected Publications:

"A Language of Esoteric Signs:

Deciphering Jewish and Masonic Gestures in Viennese Expressionism,” Modernism/modernity (forthcoming, Johns Hopkins UP, 2023).

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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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