About Kristine Nielsen

Kristine Nielsen is Assistant Professor of Art History and editorial board member of the interdisciplinary journal Ekfrase: Nordic Journal of Visual Culture. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and a Cand.mag. from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Nielsen's areas of specialization are modern and contemporary art, the historiography of art history and visual studies, post-1945 artistic developments in East and West Germany, and the history and theory of iconoclasm & idolatry. Her current book project examines the visuality and politics of monument production and destruction in the GDR and FRG, arguing for a history of image negations. Her research has been supported by various fellowships and grants, including the Mellon Humanities Fellowship (2015), the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities (2010-12), Stone Summer Theory Fellowship (2011), Getty Research Institute (2011, 2008), The Lipman Fellowship, and University of Chicago's Visiting Committee on the Visual Arts (2009-2010).
"Monumental Attack: The Visual Tools of the German Counter-Monument." Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture (forthcoming).
Contributor to Farewell to Visual Studies (Stone Art Theory Institutes). Edited by James Elkins, Gustav Frank, and Sunil Manghani. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015.
“A Perfectly Nebulous Experiment: C.T.R. Wilson’s Cloud Chamber.” Art, Technology and Nature. Edited by Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam and Jacob Wamberg. London: Ashgate, 2015. Pp. 175-184.
Review of Architecture, Politics, and Identity in Divided Berlin by Emily Pugh. Sehepunkte 15 (2015), No. 6. http://www.sehepunkte.de/2015/06/25238.html.
The review also appears in KUNSTFORM 16 (2015), No. 6.
Translation of Hans Dam Christensen, “A Sign of the Times? Art History as/vs Cultural History.” Images of Culture: Art History as Cultural History. Edited by Mikkel Bogh et al. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2014.
“Vittigheden som politisk våben.” Special Issue on Image Wars. Periskop – forum for kunsthistorisk debat 15 (2012): 98-123.
“Reframing The Workers’ Militia Monument in Post-Unification Berlin.” Special Issue on 3D-Sculpture-Installation-Monuments. Passepartout 32 (2011): 229-247.
“Quid pro Quo: Assessing the Value of Berlin’s Thälmann Monument.” Art Outside the Lines: New Perspectives on GDR Art Culture. Edited by Elaine Kelly and Amy Wlodarski. Volume 74 of the German Monitor Series. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2011. Pp. 65-89.
“What Ever Happened to Ernst Barlach? East German Political Monuments and the Art of Resistance.” Totalitarian Art and Modernity. Edited by Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen and Jacob Wamberg. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2010. Pp. 147-169.
Review of “Theories of Memory: A Reader” edited by Michael Rossington and Anne Whitehead. Ekfrase: Nordic Journal of Visual Culture 1 (2010): 72-73.
“Politisk ikonoklasme og idolatri i den moderne visuelle kultur.” Visuel kultur – viden, liv, politik. Edited by Hans Dam Christensen and Helene Illeris. Copenhagen: Multivers, 2009. Pp. 329-348.
Translation of Hans Dam Christensen, “Which Art History?” in Is Art History Global? Volume 3 of The Art Seminar. Edited by James Elkins. London and New York: Routledge, 2007. Pp. 298-309.
Critics Roundtable Discussion: Mark B. N. Hansen, W. J. T. Mitchell, and Bernard Stiegler. “Media’s Critical Space.” Conversation with Kristine Nielsen, Jason Paul, and Lisa Zaher. Chicago Art Journal 16 (2006): 82-99.
“Image.” The Keywords of Media Theory, Chicago School of Media Theory, 2003, http://csmt.uchicago.edu/glossary2004/image.htm.


Present Art History, Illinois Wesleyan University
Present Assistant Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University




  • Modern Art
  • Cold War Art and Media Cultures
  • Introduction to Art History
  • Contemporary Art
  • Senior Seminar: Contemporary Global Art after 1989
  • European Art, 1750-1900
  • Gateway Colloquium: Visual Literacy

Publications (6)

Presentations (7)