Dr. Neil Donahue, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and Internationalization, has been awarded a grant to work as a scholar-in-residence at the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His residency will take place the last week of December through the first week of January 2018.
The work Vice Provost Donahue will do is in support of his research project, Chiaroscuro Country: The Expressionism of Southwest Painters on the influence of late 19th-early 20th century German painters on (German-) American modernist painters in New Mexico. He will be presenting a lecture on that same topic at the University of New Mexico on October 16th titled “Chiaroscuro Country, or Home on the Range: The Expressionism of German-American Painters in the American Southwest.”
The Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies is a research facility devoted to the study of the Expressionist movement that flourished in Germany during the early 20th century. The Center houses a collection of approximately 6,000 prints and drawings and a catalogued library of over 10,000 volumes.
Dr. Donahue has published written or edited multiple works relating to Expressionism, including: Forms of Disruption: Abstraction in Modern German Prose (University of Michigan, 1993); Invisible Cathedrals: The Expressionist Art History of Wilhelm Worringer, Penn State Press, 1995 and A Companion to the Literature of German Expressionism, Camden House, 2005; and the entry on Expressionism in the latest edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2010).