Engaging in queer and post-colonial studies, Professor Kim reexamines 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 anthology, Queer Difficulties in Verse and Visual Culture (Routledge, under contract), 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 queer temporality.
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 Methods and Theories in Art History
Research Areas and Projects
19th and 20th-century art and modernism
Queer visual culture
Historians of British Art (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.