Kirsten Olds PhD

Associate Professor of Art History Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
School of Art, Design and Art History


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.

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
B.A., Columbia University

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

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

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Journal Articles

“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

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

ARTH 2223 Survey of Art History II
ARTH 3013 History of Photography
ARTH 3093 American Art
ARTH 4023 Art Since Mid-Century
ARTH 4593 Museum Internship
ARTH 4613 19th Century European Art
ARTH 4803 Special Topics in Art History
ARTH 4973 Senior Project
AS 1001 First Year College Experience
HON 3013 Contemporary and Emerging Issues