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Elisa Schaar

Visiting Tutor in the History and Theory of Visual Culture
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Dr Elisa Schaar (BA Harvard, DPhil Oxford) is a Visiting Tutor in the History and Theory of Visual Culture at the Ruskin School of Art and a Visiting Lecturer on the MSt in Film Aesthetics run jointly by the faculties of Modern Languages, English, and Philosophy. Her research has been supported by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the Ruskin School of Art and a Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Courtauld.

Elisa Schaar specializes in modern and contemporary art history and theory, with a focus on the relation between art and its broader social and political contexts, and particular interests in: art since the 1960s; American and German culture; modern European philosophy; the dismantling of the art medium and the rise of new media; art production under conditions of spectacle culture; and themes of time and history.

Her book project, entitled Sturtevant: Unruly Repetition, is the first book-length study of American artist Elaine Sturtevant’s work that takes into account her recent videos alongside the unsettling one-to-one repetitions of iconic works by artist peers that she started making in New York in the 1960s