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Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, Ph.D.


  • 김종우
  • Associate Professor of Modern Art
  • Director of Graduate Studies



  • Room 147
  • Lutz Hall
  • Belknap Campus

Phone Number

  • (502) 852-0444

Email Address




Engaging in queer and post-colonial studies, Professor Kim reexamines European modernism and develops new ways of understanding its history and objects.

His first book, Painted Men in Britain, 1868-1918: Royal Academicians and Masculinities (Ashgate, 2012), reassesses portrayals of male bodies in their narrative context, and analyzes transgressions of gender and sexuality in paintings by Frederic Leighton, John Singer Sargent, and their contemporary Academicians.

Professor Kim is currently working on his next two book projects, Difficult Queers: The Closet, Art, and Limits of Knowing and Queer Discontinuities (working title). 

Co-edited by Professor Christopher Reed (Pennsylvania State University), Difficult Queers rejects the interpretive ease of a sexual binary (e.g., "out" versus "closeted"). Each author of this book treats the difficult relationship of identity to pleasure, troubling simplistic understandings of homoeroticism as pleasure that liberates, enlightens, or confers a clear politics onto a sexed body. Accepting difficulty and opacity as forms of queer pleasure, this book explores the potential of queer theories in modern and contemporary art and visual culture.

Professor Kim's next monograph Queer Discontinuities will treat Simeon Solomon, Aubrey Beardsley, Duncan Grant, and Francis Bacon. Rather than repeating the narratives of homosexual genealogy, Queer Discontinuities will subvert the structures of continuity in European art. Rendering key artworks in the history of sexual dissent unfamiliar, this book discusses homoerotic friendship, domesticity, and "straight" time unbound.



Difficult Queers: The Closet, Art, and Limits of Knowing, co-edited by Christopher Reed (in progress).

Painted Men in Britain, 1868-1918: Royal Academicians and Masculinities

Painted Men in Britain, 1868-1918: Royal Academicians and Masculinities. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2012.

Review in Visual Culture in Britain

Book Chapters

"Naturalism, Labor, and Homoerotic Desire: Henry Scott Tuke." In British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives. Edited by Brian Lewis. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2013.

"Perilous Flight: Icarcus's Transgression of Masculinity." In Gravity in Art: Essays on Weight and Weightlessness in Painting, Sculpture and Photography, 181-95.  Edited by Mary D. Edwards and Elizabeth Bailey. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.


"Picturing Paterfamilias Fatigue: The Nicholsons at Home" (under review).

"Filming the Queerness of Comfort Women: Byun Young-Joo's The Murmuring." positions: asia critique 22 (2014).

Book Reviews

Review of City of Gold and Mud: Painting Victorian London, by Nancy Rose Marshall, Victorian Studies (forthcoming).

Review of The Art of the Salon: The Triumph of Nineteenth-Century Painting, by Norbert Wolf, The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies (forthcoming).

Review of Artist on the Edge: The Rise of Coastal Artists' Colonies, 1880-1920, by Brian Barrett. Victorian Studies, 2013. 

Review of The Edwardian Sense: Art, Design, and Performance in Britain, 1901-1910, edited by Morna O'Neill and Michael Hatt. Visual Culture in Britain, 2013.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2000-2007 (Art History) Institute of Fine Arts at New York University
  • M.A. 1999-2000 (Art History) Northwestern University
  • B.A. 1994-1997; 1998-1999 (English Literature) Yonsei University (연세대학교)
  • B.A. 1997-1998 (Art History) New York University

Teaching Areas

  • Art History 391 and 521 Nineteenth-Century Art
  • Art History 521 The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  • Art History 342 Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism
  • Art History 342 and 542 Dandies, Aesthetes, and Decadence
  • Art History 321 Modern Art, 1900-1945
  • Art History 342 and 542 Abstract Art: Modernism
  • Art History 342 and 542 Figurative Art: Theories of the Real
  • Art History 342 and 521 Matisse and Picasso
  • Art History 342 Dada and Surrealism
  • Art History 521 Gender, Sexuality, and Modern Art
  • Art History 521 and 621 Queer Art and Theory
  • Art History 541 and 642 Methods and Theories in Art History

Research Interests

  • 19th and 20th-century European art
  • Queer visual culture
  • Orientalism

Professional Activities

  • Professor Kim has presented his research and writing at art history and gender studies conferences organized by the College Art Association, King’s College London, the North American Victorian Studies Association, and McGill University.

Honors & 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

Professional Memberships

  • Historians of British Art (Second Vice President)
  • Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art
  • North American Victorian Studies Association
  • Queer Caucus for Art
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