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's next book project, Masculinity in Portraiture: Whistler, Degas, and Sickert, treats the construction, distortion, and destabilization of masculinity as shown in the portraits painted by three closely connected artists, James McNeill Whistler, Edgar Degas, and Walter Sickert. Problematizing dandyism, psychoanalysis, and sexology, Professor Kim delves into the three artists’ interwoven web of gendered anxiety and influence.
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 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 521 Gender, Sexuality, and Modern Art
ARTH 521 and 621 Queer Art and Theory
ARTH 541 and 642 Modern Perspectives in the Visual Arts (Methods and Theories in Art History)
Research Areas and Projects
19th and 20th-century European art
Queer visual culture
Historians of British Art (Second Vice President)
Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art
North American Victorian Studies Association
Queer Caucus for Art
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.