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Art and Art History Faculty

Natilee HarrenNatilee Harren, Assistant Professor
Contemporary Art History and Critical Studies

Fine Arts Building, Room 104B
Email | 713-743-0508


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

Biographical Summary

Professor Natilee Harren, an art historian and practicing critic, specializes in modern and contemporary art history and theory from 1900 to the present with a particular focus on experimental, interdisciplinary practices after 1960. Her current book project, Objects without Object: Fluxus and the Notational Neo-Avant-Garde, examines the international Fluxus collective amid transformations of the art object wrought by score-based practices of the 1960s and the epochal shift from modernism to postmodernism. Harren is also co-editor of an interdisciplinary electronic 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, literature, and music within a media-rich digital platform. Prof. Harren’s research engages the history and theory of Euro-American avant-gardes across the 20th and 21st centuries; intermedia art and theories of translation between artistic mediums and disciplines; the role of notations, scores, and diagrams in conceptual and performative art practices; institutional critique; social practice; and theories of appropriation. Harren’s essays and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Art Journal and Getty Research Journal, among other publications, and she has been a regular contributor to Artforum since 2009. Her research has been supported by a Getty Research Institute Predoctoral Fellowship, a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut of the Universität zu Köln, the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, and the University of California Office of the President. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians and as field editor for exhibition reviews in the Southwest. Prof. Harren previously taught in the departments of art and art history at UCLA and Occidental College.

Prof. Harren teaches Art & Society: Renaissance – Modern as well as upper-level lecture courses and seminars on contemporary art history and theory including Art Since 1960 and Fluxus & the Intermedia 1960s.