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Natilee Harren
Assistant Professor

Natilee Harren

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Rice University

Natilee Harren, an art historian and practicing critic, specializes in modern and contemporary art history and theory from 1900 to the present with particular focus on experimental, interdisciplinary practices after 1960. Her current book project, Objects without Object: Fluxus and the Notational Neo-Avant-Garde, examines the work of the international Fluxus collective amid transformations of the art object instigated by score-based artistic practices of the 1960s. Harren is also co-editor of a born-digital publication, forthcoming from the Getty Research Institute, that surveys and theorizes a range of 20th-century experimental notations from the fields of performance art, dance, concrete poetry, mail art, and music. Harren’s essays and criticism have appeared in Art Journal, Art Journal Open, and the Getty Research Journal, and she has been a regular contributor to Artforum since 2009. Her monograph on the LA-based artist Karl Haendel, Karl Haendel: Knight’s Heritage, was published by LA><ART in 2017. Harren’s research has been supported by the Getty Research Institute, Fulbright Program, and the University of California Office of the President, among others. She is President of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians and currently serves as field editor for exhibitions in the Southwest. In addition to teaching advanced survey courses on modern and contemporary art and the history of photography, Dr. Harren has led seminars on topics including Fluxus and the Intermedia 1960s, Diagrammatic Visualization in Art and Theory, and Problems in Contemporary Conservation.