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  • PhD University of Michigan (2018)
  • MA University of Michigan (2015)
  • MA University of Chicago (2009)
  • BA (Hons.) University of British Columbia (2007)

Alexandra Fraser

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History   608-363-2151   Wright Art Center, 203

Alex Fraser is an historian specializing in the cultural production of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her work explores visual art’s intersection with decoration and the built environment, literature, and cultural theory. She has worked in contemporary art museums in Chicago and Toronto, and recently curated an exhibition, “Assembly-Line Moderne: Decorative Arts Folios in the Albert Kahn Library,” on the transposition of French luxury design for the industrial culture of 1920s Detroit. Her research is wide-ranging, and has been featured in Design and Culture, Panorama: Journal of American Art, and in edited volumes. Her current book project is a study of the private, domestic interior as a site of artistic experimentation and index of transitions in social experience in fin-de-siecle Europe. A related study, on Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh’s weavings and interior architecture as overlooked sites of cultural inversions and material exchange, is in process.

At Beloit, Fraser teaches a variety of courses in modern and contemporary art and material culture. These include “Color and Culture” (Spring 2020) and an introductory course on contemporary art exhibitions and display practices from biennales to sewing circles.

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