Joan Kee

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Kee, Joan

Associate Professor of History of Art

70D Tappan Hall

Office Location(s): 70D Tappan Hall
Office Hours: W 2-3pm & by appointment
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Japanese Studies
    • Center for Korean Studies
    • Department of History of Art
    • Center for Southeast Asian Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Modern and Contemporary Art (focused on East and Southeast Asia)
    • Art and the Law
  • About

    Joan Kee, who joined the University of Michigan's History of Art department in 2008, is a specialist in modern and contemporary art. Her first book, Methods: Tansaekhwa and Contemporary Korean Art (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in spring 2013), traces the emergence of Tansaekhwa, one of the most significant artistic movements of modern and contemporary Korean art. A second book project, provisionally titled What Art Has to Say About the Law and based in part on Kee's experiences as a lawyer, considers artistic responses to the law in the context of legal developments taking place in post-1965 America. Other current interests include the problem of scale, revisionist histories of postwar abstraction, particularly of monochrome painting, issues of globalization and form, and modernity in ink painting.

  • Education
    • PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2008
    • JD, Harvard Law School, 2000
    • BA (Magna Cum Laude), History of Art, Yale University, 1997