Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation
Professor Allison Morehead

Allison Morehead

Associate Professor
Ontario Hall
(613) 533 6000 x78804

Research Areas

Modern art; critical theory, in particular feminist and critical race theory; art, science, and medicine; medical humanities; history of collecting and museums; visual and material culture studies


Allison Morehead specializes in modern French, German, and Scandinavian art, visual, and material culture, emphasizing intersections with the psy-sciences and relays between modernism and the medicalization of life. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including those from the Whiting, Kress, Rhoades, and Brocher Foundations, King's College, Cambridge, the Social Science Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her book Nature’s Experiments and the Search for Symbolist Form, which was published by Penn State University Press in 2017, considers symbolist practice in light of French scientific and philosophical currents. She has collaborated and consulted 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 leads the international and transdisciplinary research group, Edvard Munch, Modernism, and Medicine, and is working on a monograph entitled Gambling and the Modern Imaginary, both of which are funded by Insight Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Read more about Professor Morehead on the website, Researchers at Queen's University. 

Recent Publications

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"Hands, Dissection, and Embodied Seeing: Strindberg and Munch," in August Strindberg and Visual Culture: The Emergence of Optical Modernity in Image, Text, and Theatre", edited by Jonathan Schroeder, Anna Westerståhl Stenport, and Eszter Szalczer, 2018.

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"The Untimely Face of Munch," in Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed (exh. cat. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Munch Museum), 2017

Nature's Experiments and the Search for Symbolist Form

Nature's Experiments and the Search for Symbolist Form, 2017

"Des mains d'hommes célèbres et d'autres primates: Strindberg et Gauguin," in August Strindberg: De la mer au cosmos (exh. cat. Musée cantonal des beaux-arts, Lausanne), 2016


"Representation in the Age of Mediumistic Reproduction, from Symbolism to the Bauhaus," in The Symbolist Roots of Modern Art, edited by Michelle Facos and Thor J. Mednick, 2015 (with Elizabeth Otto)


"Defending Deformation: Maurice Denis’s Positivist Modernism," in Art History, 2015


"Understanding and Translating: Gauguin and Strindberg in 1895," in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, 2014


"Lithographic and Biological Error in Edvard Munch’s Women in the Hospital (1896)," in Print Quarterly, 2014


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


"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


"‘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


"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