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Queen's University

Allison MoreheadMorehead_HeadShot.jpg

(on sabbatical 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016)

Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Chicago)

Research Areas

French, Scandinavian, and German art of the 19th and early 20th centuries; history of museums and  collecting; the art of psychiatric patients; gender and modernism; printmaking; intersections between art, science and medicine; critical theory; historiography.


Allison Morehead specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European art, with particular interests in French, German, and Scandinavian artists of the late nineteenth century (including Maurice Denis, Édouard Vuillard, Edvard Munch, and August Strindberg), the early exhibition history and reception of the art of psychiatric patients and mediums, gender and modernism, and the rhetoric of modern print revivals. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including those from the Whiting, Kress, Rhoades, and Brocher Foundations, the Social Science Research Council, a Junior Research Fellowship from King’s College, Cambridge, and a Standard Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her book, Nature’s Experiments and the Search for Symbolist Form, which considers symbolist practice in light of French scientific and philosophical currents, is forthcoming from Penn State University Press. She has collaborated on a number of exhibitions internationally and was co-editor of the catalogue accompanying Cléopâtre dans le miroir de l’art occidental, held at the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève in 2004. Current projects include the exhibition project Edvard Munch, Modernism, and Medicine, and a monograph, funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, entitled Gambling and the Modern Imaginary.  

Recent Publications

SymbolistRoots.jpg(with Elizabeth Otto) Representation in the Age of Mediumistic Reproduction, from Symbolism to the Bauhaus, in The Symbolist Roots of Modern Art, 2015 Denis_AH_FirstPage.jpg Defending Deformation: Maurice Denis’s Positivist Modernism, in Art History, 2015
AnnatheJavaWomanbyGauguin.jpgTranslating and Understanding: Gaugin and Strindberg in 1895, in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, 2014 Munch_Women_small.jpg Lithographic and Biological Error in Edvard Munch’s Women in the Hospital (1896), in Print Quarterly, 2014

MuseeFolie_Profile.jpg The Musée de la folie: Collecting and exhibiting chez les fous, in Journal of the History of Collections, 2011

Reprinted in Collecting Madness II - Outsider Art from Damman Collection (exh. cat. Museum im Lagerhaus, Stiftung für schweizerische naïve kunst und art brut, St. Gallen), 2013

racar.jpg Symbolism, Mediumship, and the 'Study of the Soul that has Constituted Itself as a Positivist Science', in RACAR - Revue d'art canadienne / Canadian Art Review, 2009   

Morehead_MunchblirMunch0001_sml.jpg ‘Are there bacteria in the rooms of Monte Carlo?’: The Roulette Paintings, 1891–93, in Munch blir “Munch” / Munch becoming “Munch” (exh. cat. Munch Museum, Oslo), 2008                
Morehead_LookingListening_sml.jpg A Certain tour d’esprit: Édouard Vuillard’s Salon Lerolle in Looking and Listening, in Nineteenth-Century France (exh. cat. The David and Alfred Smart Museum, University of Chicago), 2007

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