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


"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.

Review of Architecture, Politics, and Identity in Divided Berlin by Emily Pugh.
Sehepunkte 15 (2015), No. 6. 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, 


A Perfectly Nebulous Experiment: C.T.R. Wilson’s Cloud Chamber, Art, Technology and Nature: Renaissance to Postmodernity (2015)


Vittigheden som politisk våben, Periskop – forum for kunsthistorisk debat (2012)

Quid pro Quo: Assessing the Value of Berlin’s Thälmann Monument, Art Outside the Lines: New Perspectives on GDR Art Culture (2011)


"Performing the Sami Experience", College Art Association (2016)

"Inglorious Images: Postwar German Confrontations", Peoria Fine Arts Society (2015)

"Division and Unity: Cold War Memorials in East and West Berlin", Faculty Colloquium Series 2015-16 (2015)

“Medium Matters: Berlin’s 750th Anniversary”, Transatlantic Institute for the Study of East German Art and Iowa State University (2014)

“Iconoclasm and the West German Countermonument”, German Studies Association (2013)