Lecturer (Full-Time, Permanent)
History of Art

T: 490-2124
Before joining the academic staff at UCC in 2004, I worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., collaborating on the pathbreaking Dada exhibition of 2005 and assisting in the Department of Photographs. I received my Ph.D. in Modern and Contemporary Art from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. I also hold an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and a B.A. in Political Economies from the University of California, Berkeley, with a specialization in international mass media. 

My published writings investigate Dada tactics, artists' magazines and social intervention, photography and photo theory, political photomontage, gender politics, and sexology's witnesses. My work has appeared in journals such as Oxford Art Journal, New German Critique, and Kritische Berichte, in major exhibition catalogues and foundational texts on photography, and has been supported by the Social Science Research Council/Berlin Program, the Fulbright Foundation, DAAD, and the Mellon Foundation. "Manufacturing Discontent: John Heartfield's Mass Medium" of 2009 remains among the top three downloads on UCC's Open Research Archive. 
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My recent book Revolutionary Beauty: The Radical Photomontages of John Heartfield (University of California Press, 2014) offers a groundbreaking study of Heartfield's pioneering AIZ montages, probing the intersections of affective pictures, radical politics and technologies of mass replication in interwar Europe. 
Revolutionary Beauty reconfigures our understandings of montage as a paradigmatic form of modernity, arguing that Heartfield's sutured illusionism constitutes one of the most important and overlooked forms of subversive critique. A study of capitalism and democracy in crisis, the book traces the complex history of leftist photographic retort during the rise and consolidation of fascism in Europe, and implicitly sheds light on our own moment of economic destabilisation and technological immersion.
 
My second book project, already in progress, orbits the human subject, painting and technology in the era before sound film, and aims to rethink the often-maligned realism of interwar art
. Other projects presently underway include Eileen Gray's analogues, Rosemarie Trockel's commodity critique, and August Sander's stillness. I am currently co-editing a volume about the productivity of photographic doubt from photography's inception to the present day.

I welcome Ph.D. proposals on modern and contemporary art that investigate aesthetics, politics and activism; gender and body politics; photography and photomontage. 

My research focuses on the interpenetrations of art, materiality and politics, investigating the ways in which artists mobilize the qualities of specific media--photography, photomontage, collage, drawing, sculptural objects, painting, and the human body--to stage interventions and encourage cognitive shifts in the socio-political sphere. The dialogue between object and beholder is of particular interest, as is the specific historical matrix that gives rise to an aesthetic retort. 

My research has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, DAAD, and the Social Science Research Council.



 

Books

 YearPublication
(2014)Revolutionary Beauty: John Heartfield's Radical Photomontages.
Sabine T. Kriebel (2014) Revolutionary Beauty: John Heartfield's Radical Photomontages. U.S.A: University of California Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2014)'Histories of Photography'
Sabine Kriebel (2014) 'Histories of Photography' In: Stephen Bull (eds). Companion to Photography. Massachusetts, USA: Blackwell. [Details]
(2013)'Chapter 35: Radical Left Magazines in Berlin'
Sabine T. Kriebel (2013) 'Chapter 35: Radical Left Magazines in Berlin' In: Peter Brooker, et. al (eds). Modernist Magazines: A Critical and Cultural History. Volume 3: Europe 1880-1940. UK: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2013)'Sexology's Beholders'
Sabine T. Kriebel (2013) 'Sexology's Beholders' In: Not Straight from Germany. USA: University of Michigan. [Details]
(2009)'Drawing Angelika Hoerle'
Sabine T. Kriebel (2009) 'Drawing Angelika Hoerle' In: Angelika Hoerle: The Comet of Cologne Dada. Cologne, Germany: Walter König Verlag/Art Gallery of Ontario and Museum Ludwig Cologne. [Details]
(2009)'John Heartfields 1929 Selbstporträt'
Sabine T. Kriebel (2009) 'John Heartfields 1929 Selbstporträt' In: John Heartfield: Zeitausschnitte. Fotomontagen 1918-1938. Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz. [Details]
(2007)'Conversations on Art: Stephen Bann'
S.Kriebel James Elkins, Stephen Bann, Paul Hegarty, Margaret MacNamidhe; (2007) 'Conversations on Art: Stephen Bann' In: Ways Around Modernism. Routledge: Routledge. [Details]
(2007)'Art History: Using Photography as Weapon'
Sabine T. Kriebel; (2007) 'Art History: Using Photography as Weapon' In: Visual Practices Across the University. Munich, Germany: Wilhelm Fink Verlag. [Details]
(2006)'Theorizing Photography: A Short History'
Kriebel, Sabine; (2006) 'Theorizing Photography: A Short History' In: Photography Theory. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2006)'The Art Seminar: Photography Theory'
S.Kriebel James Elkins, Jan Baetens, Diarmuid Costello, Jonathan Friday, Margeret Iversen, Margaret Olin, Graham Smith, Joel Snyder; (2006) 'The Art Seminar: Photography Theory' In: Photography Theory. Routledge: Routledge. [Details]
(2005)'Cologne Dada'
Kriebel, Sabine T.; (2005) 'Cologne Dada' In: Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hanover, Cologne, New York, Paris. Germany: Distributed Art Publishers. [Details]
(2005)'Die Gestaltung der Ruine. Caspar Walter Rauh und die Nachkriegszeit'
Kriebel, Sabine; (2005) 'Die Gestaltung der Ruine. Caspar Walter Rauh und die Nachkriegszeit' In: Caspar Walter Rauh. Schwierige Verzauberung. Germany: Bauman Verlag. [Details]
(2005)'Agitprop'
S. Kriebel; (2005) 'Agitprop' In: Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography. Routledge: Routledge. [Details]
(2005)'Biographies of: Louis Aragon, Johannes Baader, Johannes Baargeld, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, John Heartfield, Wieland Herzfelde, Hannah Höch, Angelika Hoerle, Heinrich Hoerle, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris'
Sabine T. Kriebel; (2005) 'Biographies of: Louis Aragon, Johannes Baader, Johannes Baargeld, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, John Heartfield, Wieland Herzfelde, Hannah Höch, Angelika Hoerle, Heinrich Hoerle, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris' In: Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris. Distributed Art Publishers: Distributed Art Publishers. [Details]
(1995)'Antiquity as a Model (of Desire)'
Sabine Kriebel; (1995) 'Antiquity as a Model (of Desire)' In: The Persistence of Classicism`. Clark Art Institute: Clark Art Institute. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2012)'Touch, Absorption and Radical Politics in the Magazine'
Sabine Kriebel (2012) 'Touch, Absorption and Radical Politics in the Magazine'. Kritische Berichte, 40 (4):21-31 [Details]
(2009)'Manufacturing Discontent: John Heartfield's Mass Medium'
Sabine Kriebel (2009) 'Manufacturing Discontent: John Heartfield's Mass Medium'. New German Critique 107, 2 (107):53-88 Globe icon [Full Text] [Details]
(2008)'Photomontage in the Year 1932: John Heartfield and the National Socialists'
Sabine Kriebel (2008) 'Photomontage in the Year 1932: John Heartfield and the National Socialists'. Oxford Art Journal, 31.1.2008 (31.1.2008):97-127 [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2006)Joseph Koerner: Last Experiences of Painting
Elkins, James; Kriebel, Sabine; Stuhlmann, Andreas; Beug, Joachim; MacNamidhe, Margaret; Hoffmann, Gert; (2006) Conversations on Art: Joseph Leo Koerner . In: Elkins, James eds. Joseph Koerner: Last Experiences of Painting Univesity College Cork, , 24-MAY-06 - 25-MAY-06 , pp.*-* [Details]
(2005)Stephen Bann: Ways Around Modernism
Elkins, James; Kriebel, Sabine; MacNamidhe, Margaret; (2005) Conversations on Art: Stephen Bann . In: Elkins, James eds. Stephen Bann: Ways Around Modernism University Collge Cork, , 27-MAY-05 - 28-MAY-05 , pp.*-* [Details]
(2005)Photography Theory
Kriebel, Sabine; Elkins, James; Iversen, Margaret; Snyder, Joel; Friday, Jonathan; Olin, Margaret; Baetens, Jan, et. al.; (2005) A Roundtable on Photography Theory . In: Elkins, James eds. Photography Theory University College Cork, , 26-FEB-05 - 27-FEB-05 , pp.*-* [Details]

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2013)College Art Association Annual Conference,
Sabine T. Kriebel; Andres Mario Zervigon (2013) Co-chairs: Photography in Doubt, Parts I&II. [Conference Organising Committee Member], College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City, U.S.A , 13-FEB-13 - 16-FEB-13. [Details]
(2013)University College Cork: War in the Visual Arts: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference,
Sabine T. Kriebel (2013) Plenary Lecture: Prophetic Mourning: John Heartfield's Antifascist Imaginary. [Plenary Lecture], University College Cork: War in the Visual Arts: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference, University College Cork/Crawford Art Gallery , 12-SEP-13 - 21-SEP-13. [Details]
(2013)War in the Visual Arts,
Sabine T. Kriebel (2013) Panel Chair: Documentary Photography and Reportage. [Other], War in the Visual Arts, University College Cork , 13-SEP-13 - 13-SEP-13. [Details]
(2012)University College Cork: Michelangelo Antonioni Centenary Workship,
Sabine Kriebel, Matilde Nardelli (2012) Antonioni's Photographic Counter-Consciousness: A Response to Matilde Nardelli. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], University College Cork: Michelangelo Antonioni Centenary Workship, University College Cork , 24-JAN-12 - 24-JAN-12. [Details]
(2012)Princeton University: Objects of Affection: Towards a Materiology of Emotions,
Sabine Kriebel (2012) Left-Wing Laughter: John Heartfield's Mischievous Communist Subject. [Oral Presentation], Princeton University: Objects of Affection: Towards a Materiology of Emotions, Princeton University; Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies , 04-MAY-12 - 06-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)Lewis Glucksman Gallery: Developing Pictures. One day symposium exploring the conditions of photography,
Sabine Kriebel, Caroline von Courten (2012) The Photograph as Object. Discussion between Sabine Kriebel, History of Art, University College Cork, and Caroline von Courten, Managing Editor, Foam Magazine, Amsterdam. [Invited Oral Presentation], Lewis Glucksman Gallery: Developing Pictures. One day symposium exploring the conditions of photography, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork , 25-FEB-12 - 25-FEB-12. [Details]
(2012)Onderzoekschool Kunstgechiedenis: Contemporary Art’s Confrontation with the Monstrous,
Sabine T. Kriebel (2012) “The Political Grotesque: Repulsion and the Monstrous in Interwar Montage,”. [Oral Presentation], Onderzoekschool Kunstgechiedenis: Contemporary Art’s Confrontation with the Monstrous, Onderzoekschool Kunstgechiedenis, Amsterdam , 04-DEC-12 - 05-DEC-12. [Details]
(2011)National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh: August Sander and Weimar Germany,
Sabine Kriebel (2011) Sander's Surfaces. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh: August Sander and Weimar Germany, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh , 13-MAY-11 - 13-MAY-11. [Details]
(2010)Kunsthochschule an der Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany: Künstlerzeitschriften und ihre visuellen Strategien,
Sabine Kriebel (2010) “Disgust and the AIZ: How John Heartfield Mobilized Laughter (and Photography) as a Political Weapon”. [Oral Presentation], Kunsthochschule an der Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany: Künstlerzeitschriften und ihre visuellen Strategien, Kunsthochschule an der Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany , 10-DEC-10 - 13-JAN-12. [Details]
(2010)AAH Annual Conference, University of Glasgow: Dada and Surrealism in Play,
Sabine Kriebel (2010) “Left-wing Humour, or, Heartfield’s Holy Hate,”. [Oral Presentation], AAH Annual Conference, University of Glasgow: Dada and Surrealism in Play, AAH Annual Conference, University of Glasgow , 16-APR-10 - 16-APR-10. [Details]
(2009)John Heartfield und die Weimar Republik,
Prof. Dr. Ursula Büttner (Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte, Hamburg); Dr. Andrés Zervigón (Rutgers University, New Jersey); Freya Mühlhaupt, Curator, Berlinische Galerie, Thomas Friedrich, Independent Scholar; (2009) Heartfields AIZ Montagen. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], John Heartfield und die Weimar Republik, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin , 18-JUN-09 - 18-JUN-09. [Details]
(2009)Art and the Memory of Revolution, 1789-1939, College Art Association Conference,
Sabine Kriebel; (2009) The Revolutionary Future Anterior: John Heartfield¿s 1930s Photomontages. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Art and the Memory of Revolution, 1789-1939, College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA USA , 28-FEB-09 - 29-FEB-08. [Details]
(2009)University of Sussex: Modernism, Cultural Exchange, and Transnationality,
Sabine Kriebel; (2009) The Second Conference of the Modernist Magazines Project. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], University of Sussex: Modernism, Cultural Exchange, and Transnationality, University of Sussex , 13-JUL-09 - 15-JUL-09. [Details]
(2008)Word, Image and Censorship, 8th International Conference on Word and Image Studies: Efficacy / Efficacité,
S.Kriebel; (2008) 'The more pictures they remove, the more visible becomes reality!' : John Heartfield and his Nazi Censors, Word and Image Conference. [Oral Presentation], Word, Image and Censorship, 8th International Conference on Word and Image Studies: Efficacy / Efficacité, Institut Nationale de l'Histoire de l'art, Paris, France , 07-JUL-08 - 11-JUL-08. [Details]
(2007)Real Things: Matter, Materiality, Representation 1880 to the Present,,
Kriebel, Sabine; (2007) Panel Moderator: Photography, Language, and Philosophy. [Other], Real Things: Matter, Materiality, Representation 1880 to the Present,, University of York, England , 05-JUL-07 - 08-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007)Trockel's Beuys: A Troubled Inheritance, Association of Art Historians,
S.Kriebel; (2007) Trockel's Beuys: A Troubled Inheritance, Association of Art Historians. [Oral Presentation], Trockel's Beuys: A Troubled Inheritance, Association of Art Historians, Belfast, Northern Ireland , 16-APR-07 - 16-APR-07. [Details]
(2007)Making Audiences, Creating Readers,
S.Kriebel; (2007) Stop Reading, Look! Revolutionizing the Viewer in 1930s Germany, Making Audiences, Creating Readers Conference. [Oral Presentation], Making Audiences, Creating Readers, University College Cork , 17-APR-07 - 17-APR-07. [Details]
(2007)Real Things: Matter, Materiality, Representation 1880 to the Present,
S.Kriebel; (2007) The Politics of Ruptures and Sutures: John Heartfield's 1930s Photomontages. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Real Things: Matter, Materiality, Representation 1880 to the Present, University of York, England , 07-JUL-07 - 07-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007)Making Audiences, Creating Readers,
Kriebel, SAbine; (2007) Panel Moderator. [Oral Presentation], Making Audiences, Creating Readers, University College Cork , 17-APR-07 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2013)Serial Photography.
Sabine T. Kriebel (2013) Serial Photography. Book Reviews [Details]
(2013)The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s.
Kriebel, Sabine T. (2013) The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s. Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)THEMATIC REVIEW: Filmic Constructions: Shellshocked Men and Nazi New Women.
Sabine T. Kriebel (2011) THEMATIC REVIEW: Filmic Constructions: Shellshocked Men and Nazi New Women. Gender and History: Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)Vu: The Story of a Magazine that Made an Era; Petite Histoire du magazine Vu.
Sabine T. Kriebel (2011) Vu: The Story of a Magazine that Made an Era; Petite Histoire du magazine Vu. History of Photography: Book Reviews [Details]
(2011)Arbeiterfotografie International.
Sabine Kriebel (2011) Arbeiterfotografie International. Germany: Book Reviews [Details]
(2010)Dada Subjects.
Sabine T. Kriebel (2010) Dada Subjects. Art History: Book Reviews Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2010)The Gaze Exposed.
Sabine (2010) The Gaze Exposed. Book Reviews [Details]

Encyclopedia Entries

 YearPublication
(2013)Berlin Dada, Photomontage, John Heartfield in Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.
Sabine T. Kriebel (2013) Berlin Dada, Photomontage, John Heartfield in Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Encyclopedia Entries [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013National University of Ireland Publication Grant National University of Ireland
2013CACSSS Research Support Fund UCC College of Arts Celtic Studies and Social Studies
2013CACSSS Research Publication Fund UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
2003Fulbright Summer Seminar on German Media Fulbright
2012CACSSS Research Support Fund College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC
2010School of History Research Fund University College Cork
2009CACSSS Research Publication Fund University College Cork
2002Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship Mellon Foundation
2000Social Science Research Council: Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies SSRC
1999Social Science Research Council: Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Social Science Research Council
1997Mellon Award Mellon Foundation
1996DAAD Summer Fellowship DAAD
1995UC Berkeley Chancellor's Humanities Fellowship UC Berkeley

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
College Art Association Professional Organization, USA/
Association of Art Historians Professional Organization, UK/
Historians of German and Central European Art Professional Organization, USA/
Word and Image Studies Professional Organization/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Weimar Photography Network, Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies 2012 /
Board of Architectural Studies, CIT, Cork Centre for Architectural Education 2011 /
Graduate Studies Committee, History of Art Chair/
Language and Cultural Studies, CACSSS 2008 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
History of Art Dept UCC College Lecturer (full-time, permanent)/
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. USA Graduate Researcher/
University of California, Berkeley Lecturer/
University of California, Berkeley Graduate Student Instructor/

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
2003University of California, Berkeley PhDHistory of Art
1995Williams College Master of ArtsHistory of Art
1991University of California, Berkeley BAPolitical Economies of Industrial Societies

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
German FluentFluentFluent
French FluentFluentFluent
Spanish FunctionalFunctionalFunctional

Outreach Activities

 Description

Invited Discussant, “Left-Wing Laughter,” Revolution and Representation, 1918-1920, Workshop sponsored by DAAD and the Department of German, Rice University, Houston Texas, 11-12 November, 2011.

Invited Discussant, Berlin-Moscow 1913-1933, Harvard University, a Workshop sponsored by the Department of the  History of Art and Architecture, April 2, 2011.

Invited Guest Lecture: Durham University: 'Photomontage in the Age of its Mechanical Reproducibility,' UK Centre for Advanced Photographic Study, 11 December 2008.

Exhibition Opening, Lavit Gallery, Cork: "Graphic Studios, Dublin," June 2, 2011, 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition Opening Presentation, Cork City Council and Cork County Arts Exhibition Space, Cork County Library: Tristan Hutchinson, "Took Strength to Tackle Those Hills," February 7, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

“Photomontage as Weapon,” University of Glasgow, Scotland, Department of Art History, February 2008

“Photomontage in Zeitungsstadt Berlin,” New York University Summer Session, Berlin, 2008 

“Weimar Photography and Photomontage,” Rutgers University Summer Session in Berlin, 2010.

“Rosemarie Trockel’s Feminist Revisions,” Talbot-Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, 2011

Inaugural Lecture, Modernisms Research Centre, University College Cork, “Left-Wing Laughter,”

“Left-Wing Laughter: John Heartfield and the AIZ,” University of Glasgow, History of Art, 2012.

Public Lecture: “Eileen Gray and Photographic Portraits of the 1920s,” Irish Museum of Modern Art, 22 November 2013

Public Lecture, Friends of the Crawford, "What is Surrealism?" 29 November 2013

Public Lecture, Friends of the Crawford Gallery, "Photography and World War I" March 21 2014

Book Launch, Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez’s Irreverent Apparition, Alma Lopez and Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Centre for Mexican Studies, University College Cork, June 24, 2011

Reviews

 JournalRole
Art History Referee
History Of Photography Referee
Referee

My courses in modern and contemporary art, which have ranged from early twentieth century revolutionary aesthetics to   new media art, intertwine visual representations and history, close formal analyses and theoretical approaches. 

In my classes, as in my research, I employ an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates literature, film, intellectual and political history, gender studies, and critical theory. My aim is to place visual artifacts, be they fine art or popular culture, into a vivid dialogue with other cultural products, encouraging students to explore these deep-seated interrelationships. In my teaching as in my work, I insist that an image is a site of cultural and historical information in its own right, rather than permitting it to serve, as it often does, as an underprivileged accompaniment to text.