Kirsten Olds - Faculty & Adjuncts

Kirsten Olds, PhD

Kirsten Olds, PhD
Associate Dean, Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of Art History
College of Arts & Sciences
Art, Design and Art History
918-631-3714 Phillips Hall Room 213


PhD – University of Michigan MA – University of Michigan BA – Columbia University


Kirsten Olds offers courses in art history on topics in modern and contemporary European and American art. Her research focuses on artists' groups in the 1970s who, through mail art, video, and performance works, created collaborative networks as alternatives to mainstream forms of display and dissemination in the art world.

Research Interests

Conceptual, mail art, performance, and video practices
Theories of race, gender, sexuality, and visual culture

Teaching Interests

History and theory of modern and contemporary European and American art
Theories of race, gender, sexuality, and visual culture


Journal Articles

  • “Queered Territories: Zines of the 1970s and Networked Identity,” in Stephen Perkins and Marie Boivent, eds., The Territories of Artists’ Periodicals (Paris: Editions Provisoires; DePere, WI.: Plagiarist Press, forthcoming 2015), accepted and editorially reviewed

  • “Quivery and Costumed: Glitter Rock, Les Petites Bonbons, and the Performance of Identity in California circa 1973,” Art Practical, issue 7.1, (September 2015), guest edited by Steven Wolf

  • “Fannies and Fanzines: Mail Art and Fan Clubs in the 1970s,” Journal of Fandom Studies, vol.2, no.2 (June 2015):171-193 doi: 10.1386/jfs.3.2.171_1

  • “‘Gay Life Artists’: Les Petites BonBons and Camp Performativity in the 1970s,” Art Journal (Summer 2013), 16−33

  • “Recent Museum of Art Acquisition: Carrie Mae Weems’ After Manet,” Bulletin of the University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology, vol. XVI (December 2006): 100−103

Courses Taught

  • Museum Internship
  • Senior Seminar
  • Fauvism to Abstract Expressionism
  • Grant Writing for Museums
  • Independent Study
  • Arts Internship I
  • Arts Internship II
  • Arts Practicum II
  • Arts, Culture and Entertainment Experience
  • Special Topics
  • Special Topics in Art History
  • Arts Experiences
  • Arts Practicum III

Professional Affiliations

  • Oklahoma Visual Artist Coalition
  • Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association
  • Oklahoma Conference of Art Historians
  • College Art Association

Awards & Honors

  • University Outstanding Teacher
  • Henry P. Tappan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies
  • Susan Lipshutz Award
  • Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
  • Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Award
  • Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Award for Excellence in Writing