Department Chair & Associate Professor
History of European Modern Art
Post-Graduate Fellow - Harvard University (2010)
PhD - Florida State University (2010)
ABD Fellow - Fulbright Program (2008)
1540 Levante Avenue (Rainbow Building)
Coral Gable, Florida 33146
Dr. Nathan J. 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 modernism(s). Within the department, he teaches courses that range from late-17th to early 20th-century European 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 the DAAD Program in Germany (2007), the Fulbright Program in Austria (2007-2008), the Getty (2015), and LACMA (2013; 2022).
He has held professional positions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC (2002-03; 2005), and is the curator of Pan American Modernism (2013-18), which originated at the Lowe Art Museum (LOWE).
Selected Publications (Peer-Reviewed):
“A Language of Esoteric Signs: Deciphering Jewish and Masonic Gestures in Viennese Expressionism,” Modernism/modernity, forthcoming (Johns Hopkins UP, 2022).
“On Not Seeing, or Feeling: Embodying Disability in Viennese Modern Art,” in Routledge Companion to Art and Disability, eds. Timothy Hiles and Keri Watson (New York & London: Routledge, 2022), 317-35.
“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 (New York & London: Routledge, 2022), 44-57.
The Edgar Allan Poe Review 22, no. 1, Special Issue on Graphicality, guest ed. Nathan J. Timpano (Spring 2021).
“L’arc de cercle, or the Movement of Modernism (1620-2020),” in Hysterical Methodologies in the Arts: Rising in Revolt, ed. Johanna Braun (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), 21-71.
“Feeling Blue: Der Blaue Reiter, Francophilia and the Tate Gallery, 1960," in German Expressionism: Der Blaue Reiter and its Legacies, ed. Dorothy Price (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020), 136-58.
“The Magician, the Mermaid, and the Ouroboros: Franz von Stuck and the Iconography of Alchemy,” in Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture, eds. Daniel Zamani and Judith Noble (London: Fulgur, 2019), 138-57.
“At Water’s Edge: Mermaids and Sea Snails in the Symbolist Art of Arnold Böcklin and Leo Putz,” in Underwater Worlds: Submerged Visions in Science and Culture, ed. Will Abberley (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018), 22-51.
Constructing the Viennese Modern Body: Art, Hysteria, and the Puppet (New York and London: Routledge, 2017).
"'His Wretched Hand': Aubrey Beardsley, the Grotesque Body, and Viennese Modern Art," Art History 40, no. 3 (June 2017): 554-81.
“Body Doubles: The Puppe as Doppelgänger in Fin-de-Siècle Viennese Visual Culture,” in The Doppelgänger, ed. Deborah Ascher Barnstone, vol. 3, German Visual Culture (Oxford and New York: Peter Lang, 2016), 119-46.
“Nazi vs Niebelung: Satirising National Socialism at Harvard’s Germanic Museum," Oxford Art Journal 35, no. 3 (December 2012): 389-411.
"The dialectics of vision: Oskar Kokoschka and the historiography of expressionistic sight," Journal of Art Historiography 1, no. 5 (December 2011): 1-13.
"Marketing the European-American: William Merritt Chase, Munich and the Märchenkönig," in American Artists in Munich: Artistic Migration and Cultural Exchange Processes, ed. Christian Fuhrmeister (Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2009), 179-92.
"Translating Vanguardia: Wifredo Lam, Transculturation, and the Crux of Avant-gardism," Rutgers Art Review 23 (2007): 48-67.
“Reviews of Books: Art_Latin_America: Against the Survey,” Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies 4, no. 1 (February 3, 2020): 21-22.
“Reviews of Books: Cuban Art in the 20th Century: Cultural Identity and the International Avant Garde,” Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies 2, no. 2 (September 11, 2018): 351-52.
"Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development edited by Luisa Del Giudice," Italian Americana 35, no. 1 (Winter 2017): 96-97.
"Mona Hatoum," Tate Modern, London, May 4–August 21, 2016, caa.reviews (September 15, 2017): http://caareviews.org/reviews/2965#.WbwMhNOGPVp.
“Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World,” Tate Britain, London, June 24–October 25, 2015, caa.reviews (May 12, 2016): http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/2784#.V9sli5MrLVo.
“Robert Farris Thompson, Aesthetic of the Cool: Afro-Atlantic Art and Music,” caa.reviews (October 15, 2015): http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/2613.
“Egon Schiele: Portraits,” Neue Galerie New York, October 9, 2014–January 19, 2015, caa.reviews (July 16, 2015): http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/2526.
"Peter Neusser: Constructing Urban Heterotopias in the Modern City," Chicago Art Journal 15 (2005): 107-11.
Exhibitions (Curated w/ Catalogs):
Russia Unframed (co-curator)
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (April 18, 2019–April 6, 2020)
Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections (co-curator)
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (February 9–May 21, 2017)
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (April 22, 2015–April 10, 2016)
Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (June 22–October 13, 2013)
Art Gallery at the University of Saint Joseph (September 24–December 20, 2015)
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro (January 24–April 17, 2016)
Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota (October 9–December 31, 2016)
Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology (April 29–July 30, 2017)
Gibbes Museum of Art (October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018)
Lyonel Feininger: Photographs (online exhibition & catalog)
Harvard Art Museums / Busch-Reisinger Museum