Dr. Maria P. Gindhart joined the Art History faculty of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design in 2002. She received a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, an A.M. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, and an A.B. in Art History and French from Bowdoin College in 1992. Before her appointment at GSU, Gindhart taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oregon. At GSU, Gindhart teaches a variety of lecture classes and seminars on modern European and American art. She is a board member of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and the director of a study abroad program in Paris.
AREAS OF INTEREST
A specialist in nineteenth-century French painting and sculpture, Gindhart’s most recent research has focused on fin-de-siècle images of prehistoric humans and the intersections between art and science. She is currently working on two different projects. One is a book on representations of modern-day “primitive” people in Parisian scientific institutions, world’s fairs, and zoos between 1860 and 1940. The other is a co-authored book, tentatively entitled František Kupka: New Perspectives on Art and Science, for which she will write three chapters on the artist’s France-based imagery of the turn of the twentieth century, including his illustrations of Neandertals.
“Primitive Decoration: Belle Époque Sculpture Programs for Parisian Scientific Institutions.” In Modernity and Early Cultures: Reconsidering Non-Western References for Modern Architecture in Cross-Cultural Perspective, ed. Bernd Nicolai and Anna Minta. Passagen/Passages of the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte/Centre Allemand d'Histoire de l'Art. Berlin: Akademieverlag, 2008 [forthcoming].
“Touched by Science: Albert Besnard's Painted Programme for the School of Pharmacy in Paris.” In Visualising the Unseen, Imagining the Unknown, Perfecting the Natural: Art and Science in the 18th and 19th Centuries, ed. Andrew Graciano, 155-185. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008 [forthcoming].
“Allegorizing Aryanism: Fernand Cormon’s The Human Races.” Aurora 9 (2008) [forthcoming].
“Fleshing Out the Museum: Fernand Cormon’s Decorative Program for the New Galleries of Comparative Anatomy, Paleontology, and Anthropology.” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 7, no. 2 (Autumn 2008) [forthcoming].
“Introduction: Imaging Blackness in the Long Nineteenth Century.” In “Imaging Blackness in the Long Nineteenth Century,” ed. Maria P. Gindhart. Special issue, Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation 24, no. 3 (September 2008): 225-232.
“Cro-Magnon and Khoi-San: Constant Roux’s Racialized Relief Sculptures of Prehistoric Artists.” In “Imaging Blackness in the Long Nineteenth Century,” ed. Maria P. Gindhart. Special issue, Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation 24, no. 3 (September 2008): 321-342.
“A pinacothèque préhistorique for the Musée des Antiquités Nationales in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.” Journal of the History of Collections 19, no. 1 (May 2007): 51-74.