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Queen's University

Allison MoreheadMorehead_HeadShot.jpg

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (Chicago)
(613)533 6000 x78804

Research Interests

French, Scandinavian, and German art of the 19th and early 20th centuries; history of museums and  collecting; the art of psychiatric patients; printmaking; intersections  between art and science; 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, the early exhibition history and reception of the art of psychiatric patients and mediums, and the rhetoric of modern print revivals. Her most recent work considers symbolist practice in light of French scientific and philosophical currents. 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. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including those from the Whiting, Kress, and Rhoades Foundations, the Social Science Research Council (International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship), and a Junior Research Fellowship from King’s College, Cambridge. With the support of a Standard Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, she is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Nature’s Experiments and the Search for Symbolist Form. Future projects include an exhibition on the work of Edvard Munch in relation to medicine (view images here) and a book-length study on gambling and the modern imaginary. 

Recent Publications

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 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                            
Thumbnail Image: RacarSymbolism, 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

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

AnnatheJavaWomanbyGauguin.jpg Translating and Understanding:Gaugin and Strindberg in 1895 in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, 2014

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