About

Stephanie L. Taylor is a tenured Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at New Mexico State University, where she has been on faculty since 2001. She received her BFA in Art from the University of Colorado in 1989, her MA from the University of Delaware in 1994 and her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2001. Before joining the faculty at NMSU, she lectured at Boston University, Wellesley College, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; she also taught for one year as a visiting professor at Indiana University. She has been the recipient of several awards, including: a research fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Sculpture at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, UK (1997); a pre- and post-graduate research fellowship at The Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. (1998-9 and 2005); and a scholarship residence at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center in Santa Fe (2009). She is a frequent contributor to regional and national art publications and organizations through her work as a scholar, critic and event/exhibition coordinator.

Dr. Taylor’s research, publications and teaching concentrate on issues of historical and contemporary identity, gender and visual expression in all forms. She has recently begun to concentrate on the theories and practice of contemporary craft. She is a specialist on the life and work of American artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972)

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Art History

Assistant Professor

D.W. Williams Hall
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3572
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Phone: 575-646-3329
Email: sltaylor@nmsu.edu

STEPHANIE L. TAYLOR 

EDUCATION 

Ph.D. 2001 Boston University 

Dissertation: Constructing Cornell: Artistic Identity and the Invention of Joseph 

Cornell (Caroline A. Jones and Patricia Hills, Advisors)

M.A. 1994 University of Delaware 

Thesis: Sculpture, Science and Society: The `Inventive Yankee Stonecutter’ and the 

Growth of Mechanization in the Fine Art Statuary of Nineteenth-Century 

America (Wayne Craven, Advisor)

B.F.A. 1989 University of Colorado, Boulder 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

2001-present Assistant Professor, full-time & tenure-track, Department of Art, New Mexico

State University, Las Cruces, NM

Areas Covered: Modern & Contemporary American & European Art History

Course Titles: “American Art to 1900,” “Sculpture in America,” “Extremely Recent

Art,” “Critical Theory,” “History of Photography,” “History of Collage,” Visual Culture of the 1950s,” “Visual Culture of the 1970s,” “Visual Culture of the 1980s,” etc.

Visiting Faculty, full time, Department of the History of Art, Indiana University,

Bloomington, IN

 

Fall 1999 Instructor, “Art Since 1945,” Department of Art, Wellesley College,

Wellesley, MA

Fall 1999 Instructor, “Modern Art Survey,” Department of Art History, Boston University,

Boston, MA

1995-1996 Adjunct Lecturer, Education Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,

MA

1994-1995 Instructor, Metropolitan College, Boston University, Boston, MA

1993-1994 Graduate Student Lecturer, Education Department, Museum of Fine Arts,

Boston, MA

Teaching Fellow Art History Department, Boston University, Boston, MA

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GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS 

2005 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian

Institution, Washington, DC

2003 Minigrant Research Award, Arts and Sciences Research Center, College of Arts

and Sciences, New Mexico State University

2001 Minigrant Research Award, Arts and Sciences Research Center, College of Arts

and Sciences, New Mexico State University

1998-1999 The Sara Roby Fellowship in Twentieth Century Realism, National Museum of

American Art [now Smithsonian American Art Museum], Smithsonian Institution,

Washington, DC

July-August 1997 Research Fellowship, Centre for the Study of Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute,

Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

1995 The Edwin S. and Ruth M. White Prize, Boston University Humanities

Foundation, College of Liberal Arts and Graduate School

1993 Teaching Fellow Award, Boston University, Art History Department

PUBLICATIONS 

Books 

Joseph Cornell: Opening the Box, co-edited with Jason Edwards (Oxfordshire, UK:

Peter Lang Publishers, 2007).

“Afterward: Opening the Box, Opening the Possibilities” in Joseph Cornell: Opening the

Box, co-edited with Jason Edwards (Oxfordshire, UK: Peter Lang Publishers,

2007), 263-271.

Marianna Pineda: Sculpture, 1949 to 1996, compiled by Stephanie L. Taylor (Boston:

The Alabaster Press, 1996).

Articles 

“Bigger Better More: Multiplicity in Context,” co-written with Professor Vincent

Burke for Multiplicity: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture (El Paso: Stanlee and

Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas at El Paso, 2006), 20-33.

“’It just doesn’t seem enough for a sculpture to just stand there anymore’: Excerpts

from a Conversation with Willie Ray Parish,” Artlies (December 2004): .

Joseph Cornell: Biography/Biographer,” in MASTERPLAN Konstruktion und 

Dokumentation amerikanischer Kunstgeshichten: Akten des internationalen 

Kolloquims, ed. Peter Schneemann and Thomas Schmutz (Bern, Bruxelles,

Frankfurt & NY: Peter Lang, 2003), 43-61.

“Embodying Emily Dickinson: Joseph Cornell as Master Biographer,” Northwestern

Journal of Art History 1/1 (Fall 2001): 36-43. 3

Catalogue Essays 

“Layers,” reprinted in Harvey Breverman: Humanist Impulses exhibition catalogue (UB

Art Gallery and UB Anderson Gallery, 2004), 54.

Sucre Negre,” essay in Emilio Lobato: Soledad Caramello, exh. cat. (Santa Fe, NM:

Nüart Gallery, September 2003).

“Layers,” essay in Harvey Breverman: The Nightworks Series, 40 Works on Paper, exh.

cat. (Bloomington, IN: The School of Fine Arts Gallery, Indiana U., 2001).

Exhibition Reviews 

“Borderlands: Images, Objects & Identity” El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX, exhibition

review, Artlies (Spring 2004): 80-81.

“Horatio Hung-Yan Law: War Candies/Just Desserts?” Main Gallery, University of Texas at

El Paso, El Paso, TX, exhibition review, Artlies (Winter 2004): 79.

“Crossing Over: Photographs and New Video Installations by Willie Varela,” Artlies 37

(Winter 2002-2003): 76-7.

Encyclopedia Entries 

“The Gateway Arch,” “La Grande Vitesse,” and “Picasso in Chicago,” entries in The American

Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher and Andrew Clayton (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006), 684-85, 685, 686-87.

Publications in Progress 

Joseph Cornell & His World (dissertation revision)

“Joseph Cornell’s ‘Cherubino Experience’” (article)

“Joseph Cornell’s Game Constructions” invited paper for the forthcoming publication

Games, Play and Twentieth Century Art, edited by David J. Getsy (University of

Pennsylvania Press “Refiguring Modernism” series)

Exhibition Plans in Progress 

“UnKnitting: From String to Structure to Deconstruction,” currently being planned for the

Rubin Center for Contemporary Art, University of Texas, El Paso for Summer 2008.

Co-Curated by Kate Bonansinga and Stephanie L. Taylor, Ph.D.

SELECT CONFERENCE ACTIVITY 

“Missing the Point: The Representation of Women in Playboy Centerfolds of the 1950s,” to be

presented at the 17th Annual Standing Conference for Management and Organization

Inquiry Conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 29-April 1, 2007.

“Going Native with Max Ernst: Surrealist Dreamscapes of the Southwestern American

Landscape,” presented on the “Desert Sublime” panel of the Southwestern Art

Historian Conference XVIII, Taos, NM, 18-20 October 2006.

“Why Surrealism Now?,” to be presented at the Roberto Matta Symposium, Rubin Center for

the Visual Arts, University of Texas at El Paso, 7 April 2006.

“Playing or Being Played? Joseph Cornell’s Not-So-Innocent Game Constructions,” presented on

the Modernist Games, I panel at the College Art Association meeting, 22-25 February 2006.

“Boxing Clever: A Centennial Re-Evaluation of Joseph Cornell,” conference co-organizer with

Dr. Jason Edwards, Centre for the Study of Surrealism and Its Legacies, University of

Essex, UK, September 17-19, 2003.

“Chris Burden, Protest & Pain,” presented on the Eros and War: Theorizing Violence in 

Twentieth Century Art and Literature panel at The Modernist Studies Association

Annual Conference, Houston, TX, October 12-14, 2001. 4

“Joseph Cornell as deus ex machina in William Gibson’s Count Zero,” presented at The

Comparative Arts & Interdiscplinarity Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington,

IN, April 5-8, 2001.

“Biography as Fiction: The Construction of Joseph Cornell,” presented at MASTERPLAN: The

Historiography of American Art, Universität Bern and Université de Neuchâtel, Bern,

Switzerland, April 1-2, 2000.

“Embodying Others: Joseph Cornell’s Performance of the Feminine,” presented at Practicing

Theory: The Institute for Research on Women Fourth Annual Graduate Student

Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, April 5, 1997.

“Joseph Cornell: American Surrealist?,” presented at The Eighth Annual Graduate Symposium

at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 1, 1997.

“’Most Portraits Are Lies’: Issues of (Re)Presentation and Identity in the Duane Michals

Photographs of Joseph Cornell,” presented at The Eleventh Annual Graduate Student

Symposium in Art History at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, April13, 1996.

“’Delight–becomes pictorial’: Evocations of Emily Dickinson in the Life and Work of Joseph

Cornell,” presented at A Symposium on the History of Art, co-sponsored by The Frick

Museum and The Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, New York City,

April 8-9, 1994.

SELECT GUEST LECTURES (BY INVITATION) 

“Naked Women, Nervous Men: Representation of Gender in 1950s Playboy Magazine,”

presented to the Department of Art & Design, Northeastern University, Boston, MA,

19 March 2007.

“Missing the Point: The Representation of Women in Playboy Centerfolds of the 1950s,”

presented for the NMSU Art Gallery in Conjunction with the Biannual Faculty

Exhibition, 7 February 2007.

“Words and Meaning: Mis/Communication in Contemporary Art” presented at the NMSU Art

Gallery in support of their “Uncovered: The Book as Idea, Object and Art” exhibition,

27 September 2006.

“On Not Looking: Forbidden Photographs,” presented at the Photography & Contemporary 

Insight Lecture Series, New Mexico State University, 5 April 2006.

“An Evening of Surrealist Parlor Games,” presented at the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ,

18 August 2005

“Defining Joseph Cornell” and “Joseph Cornell & Modern Art History,” presented at Middlebury

College, Middlebury, VT, Department of Art History, 19 April 2005.

“Opening the Cornell Archives,” presented at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Department

of Art & Art History, 1 February 2005.

“Joseph Cornell and Collecting,” presented at the NMSU Art Gallery, 13 June 2004.

“Postwar American Art: Trends & Tendencies,” a lecture series to be presented at the Academy

for Learning & Retirement, New Mexico State University, February 2004.

“True Grit Talk: Women in Art,” panelist, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX, March 2, 2003.

“Languages of Collage: History, Theory and Practice of Art Collaborative Event,” “Cinema Fou:

An Evening of Surrealist Cinema,” and “Sexuality, Maternity, Racism and the Elusive

Female Nipple in Playboy Magazine of the 1950s,” University Public Lecture Series, Art

and Design Department, Southwest Texas State University [now Texas State University—

San Marcos], San Marcos, TX, November 18-19, 2002.

“Art, Politics & Protest in the ’70s: May Stevens & Patricia Hills in Conversation,” New Mexico

State University, Las Cruces, NM, April 10, 2002

“Feminist Art in America: The Personal is Political,” Department of Women’s Studies, New

Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, April 2002. 5

“Picturing Joseph Cornell, presented at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East

Hampton, New York, July 8, 2001.

“Constructing Joseph Cornell,” presented at the National Museum of American Art [now

Smithsonian American Art Museum], Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 14 May 1999.

“’Do you want it weak or strong?’: Some Thoughts On Surrealist Activity in America and Great

Britain c. 1936,” presented at The Centre for the Study of Sculpture, Henry

Moore Institute, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK, July 31, 1997.

“Just Call Him Dada: Duchamp’s Descendants,” presented at The Corcoran Gallery of Art,

Washington, DC, March 1997.

“The Cinematic Vision of Joseph Cornell,” film presentation, Boston University School of

Communications, Boston University, December 6, 1993.

MEDIA COVERAGE 

“Missing the Point” segment on the Aggie Almanac, KRWG-TV, produced by Gary Worth.

Televised in 2007 on: March 21 at 10 p.m.; March 31 at 5p.m.; April 12 p.m.

UNIVERSITY & PUBLIC SERVICE 

“Hands on Kids’ Knitting” Enrichment Course, Hillrise Public Elementary School, Las Cruces,

NM (Spring 2006)

Co-Chair, Art History Club, New Mexico State University, Fall 2005-Spring 2007

Chair, Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, New Mexico

State University, 2002-2004

Library Liason, Department of Art, New Mexico State University, 2002-2005

Public Relations, Department of Art, New Mexico State University, 2002-present

Literacy Mentor, University Hills Public Elementary School, Las Cruces, NM, 2001-2002

MEMBERSHIP 

Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors, Society for the Preservation of American

Modernism, Brooklyn, NY, 1995-present

College Art Association, New York, NY, 1992-present 6

REFERENCES 

 

Patricia Hills, Professor

Art History Department, Room 302

Boston University

725 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

pathills@acs.bu.edu; 617/353-2520

Joshua Rose, Professor (Painting)

Department of Art

College of Arts & Sciences

New Mexico State University

MSC 3572, P.O. Box 30001

Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

jorose@nmsu.edu; 505/646-1705

Julia Barello, Associate Professor (Metals)

Department of Art

College of Arts & Sciences

New Mexico State University

MSC 3572, P.O. Box 30001

Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

jbarello@nmsu.edu; 505/496-2129

Caroline A. Jones, Associate Professor

Department of Architecture

22 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 7-337

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA 02139-2307

cajones@mit.edu; 617/253-5932

James Housefield, Associate Professor

Texas State University

Department of Art & Design

San Marcos, TX 78666-4616

Jh48@txstate.edu; 512/245-3765

Erika Doss, Professor

Department of Art & Art History

Sibell-Wolle Fine Arts Building, N283, 318 UCB

University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, CO 80309-0318

erika.doss@colorado.edu; 303/492-4483

 

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