Art History & Art Conservation


Art History & Art Conservation


Art History & Art Conservation

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Professor Allison Morehead

Allison Morehead

Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Ontario Hall
(613) 533 6000 x78804

Research Areas

Modern European art; critical theory; history of collecting and museums; art, science, and medicine


Allison Morehead specializes in modern 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 in 2017. 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

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