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
jkee@umich.edu
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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, Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method, (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), traces the emergence of a particular body of postwar abstraction as a sustained response to a variety of nested distinctions concerning issues of medium, ideology, and place. Currently she is working on a manuscript that considers the intersection of visual art and various aspects of statutory and case law in the U.S. from roughly 1975 to 1995. Emphasizing close visual analysis of selected artworks, the manuscript stresses the potential of visual art as a heuristic through which to reconsider the structure and operation of law. Forthcoming articles discuss the materialist nature of evidence in the video-based works of William E. Jones as well as the question of what and how the law actually means through the performances of Taiwanese American artist Tehching Hsieh. A parallel project considers how methods used in the interpretation of visual artworks might be productively applied to legal cases involving close visual analysis.

  • 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