All that I desire to point out is the general principle
that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life, and I feel
sure that if you think seriously about it you will find that it is
— Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying

My focus is on non Euro-centric art, pop art, the functional uses of art, popular culture, and the visual arts of performance and cinematic traditions. 

Previous research topics have included:

  • the role of art in the formation of the National Parks Service
  • the reflection of the cold war in pop medias
  • the role of women in the revolutionary musics of Zimbabwe
  • the role of music in Piet Mondrian's abstract art

I have been working on a music minor with a focus in ethnomusicology and have been fortunate to work with talented musicians and researchers in that field. Ethnomusicology presents art history with questions such as:

  • How do we consider the treatment of instruments in museum spaces? (Are instruments in museum collections still playable? Is maintaining functionality part of preservation?)
  • Is wear and tear through function an important consideration of these ascetically valuable objects?
  • How do we convey the objects as not only visual but auditory and performative? 
  • What role does sound and/or music play in art?