Professor Kim reexamines the art of the last two hundred years to develop new ways of understanding its history and visual culture.
His first book, Painted Men in Britain, 1868-1918: Royal Academicians and Masculinities (Ashgate, 2012; paperback from Routledge, 2016), reassesses portrayals of male bodies in their narrative context, and analyzes transgressions of gender and sexuality in paintings by John Singer Sargent, Frederic Leighton, and their contemporary Academicians.
Professor Kim's anthology, Queer Difficulty in Art and Poetry: Rethinking the Sexed Body in Verse and Visual Culture (Routledge, 2017), co-edited by Christopher Reed, rejects the interpretive comforts of conventional ideas about sexual identity along with their usual binaries. Queerness returns to its origins as a way of acknowledging the instabilites associated with sexuality whether considered historically or as lived experience. Professor Kim's chapter, "Now and (N)ever: Robert Gober's Beeswax Time Machines," treats the artist’s beeswax sculptures from the 1980s and 1990s in relation to contemporary notions of queer temporality.
Professor Kim is currently working on his next book, Transplanted: Wandering Body Parts and the Queer Uncanny. It advances current scholarly debates on corporeality, temporality, and the unheimlich by reconfiguring the narrative of modern and contemporary art in relation to objects picturing a queer body that resists coherence and problematizes futurity. Discussing works by Aubrey Beardsley, Jean Cocteau, Francis Bacon, Robert Gober, David Hockney, and Andrew Ahn, Transplanted evaluates the “becomings” of modernism and postmodernism through the subversive visuality of queer body politics.
Honors and Awards
Historians of British Art Publication Grant 2010
Yale Center for British Art Guest Fellowship 2008
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Junior Fellowship 2006
The Theodore Rousseau Fellowship, Institute of Fine Arts 2004
The Alumni Association of the Institute of Fine Arts Summer Fellowship 2003
The Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship, Institute of Fine Arts 2001–2006
Northwestern University Fellowship, Northwestern University 1999–2000
ARTH 391 and 521 Nineteenth-Century Art
ARTH 342 Victorian and Edwardian Art
ARTH 397, 543, and 643 History of Photography
ARTH 521 The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
ARTH 342 Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism
ARTH 342 and 542 Dandies, Aesthetes, and Decadence
ARTH 321 Modern Art, 1900-1945
ARTH 342 and 521 Matisse and Picasso
ARTH 342 Dada and Surrealism
ARTH 321 and ARTH 521 Abstraction: Modernism and Postmodernism
ARTH 342 and 542 Figurative Art: Theories of the Real
ARTH 521 Gender, Sexuality, and Modern Art
ARTH 521 and 621 Queer Art and Theory
ARTH 541 and 642 Methods and Theories in Art History
Research Areas and Projects
Modern and contemporary art
Historians of British Art (Vice President)
Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art
North American Victorian Studies Association
Queer Caucus for Art
Professor Kim presents his research at conferences and delivers lectures at universities and museums. He also works closely with the Speed Art Museum, KMAC, and other visual arts organizations in the region. In 2015, Professor Kim published “A Foot and a Sink,” a short essay about his dissertation advisor Linda Nochlin in The Brooklyn Rail, and in 2016, he collaborated with Art Journal for its “Bookshelf” project.