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Susan Jarosi, Ph.D.


  • Associate Professor, Art History
  • Affiliated Faculty, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, 2010-present



  • 144 Lutz Hall
  • Belknap Campus

Phone Number

  • 502-852-0443

Email Address





“Traumatic Subjectivity and the Continuum of History: Hermann Nitsch’s Orgies Mysteries Theater,” Art History 36, no. 4 (September 2013); available January 2013 online at

“Recycled Cinema as Material Ecology: Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s Found-Footage Films and Computer-Laser-Videos,” Screen 53, no. 3 (Autumn 2012): 228-245.

“The Image of the Artist in Performance Art: The Case of Rudolf Schwarzkogler,” Art and Documentation 5 (Autumn 2011): 63-80; reprinted in English in volume 8 (Spring 2013): 65-77.

Translator, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, “Panorama 1: The Total Act Manifesto” (1965), Art and Documentation 5 (Autumn 2011): 143.

Chapters in Books

“Expanded Cinema,” in Meiling Cheng and Gabrielle Cody, eds., Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality Across Genres (New York: Routledge), forthcoming December 2014.

“The Audience Cries Back,” in Kathryn Brown, ed., New Interactive Practices in Contemporary Art (London: I.B. Tauris), forthcoming 2014.

“Keeping Score: Considering Performance Texts as Artists’ Writings,” in Helena De Preester, ed., Not a Day Without a Line – Understanding Artists’ Writings (Ghent, Belgium: Academia Press, 2013), 106-126.

“‘The Grünewald of Happenings’—On Traumatic Subjectivity,” in Aaron Levy, ed., Blood Orgies: Hermann Nitsch in America (Philadelphia: Slought Books, 2008), 94-115.

Reprinted in Nikolai Molok, ed., Hermann Nitsch, exh. cat. (Moscow: Stella Art Foundation, 2010).

“An Interview with Billie Maciunas,” in Ken Friedman, ed., The Fluxus Reader (London: Academy Editions, 1998), 199-211.


Picturing Trauma: A Holographic Paradigm of Contemporary Art

Asserts the centrality of visuality for the study of trauma by examining the correspondences between the etiology of trauma as defined by clinical study, therapeutic treatments of trauma using visual technologies such as virtual reality, and the representation of traumatic subjectivity by contemporary artists.


Editor and “Introduction,” The Art of Experience: Fluxus Works from the Collection of Michael Lowe, exh. cat. (University of Louisville, Department of Fine Arts, 2008).


Courses Taught:

Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to Present

Twentieth-Century Art

Art Since 1945

Modern Perspectives in the Visual Arts

History of Performance Art

Pop Art & Fluxus

Representations of Trauma in the Visual Arts

Installation Art

Women in Performance Art

History of Documenta

Artists' Writings

Art & Feminism

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Duke University

Teaching Areas

  • Modern and Contemporary Art History
  • Critical Theory and Method
  • Trauma Studies

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Art
  • Performance Art
  • Viennese Actionism
  • Trauma Studies
  • Intersections of Art and Science
  • Experimental Cinema
  • Artists' Writings

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Doctoral Students Award, Nominee, 2012
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