Susan Jarosi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Art History; Women's and Gender Studies




“Traumatic Subjectivity and the Continuum of History: Hermann Nitsch’s Orgies Mysteries Theater,” Art History 36, no. 4 (September 2013): 834-863.

“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 2015.

“The Audience Cries Back,” in Kathryn Brown, ed., Interactive Contemporary Art: Participation in Practice (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014), 155-175.

“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.

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


Project 2: Defining Installation, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, April 4–May 24, 2014

The Art of Experience: Fluxus Works From the Collection of Michael Lowe, Cressman Center for the Visual Arts, University of Louisville, November 7, 2008–January 9, 2009.

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

Seeing Gender: Introduction to Gender in Visual Studies

Economic Histories of the Arts

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Doctoral Students Award, Nominee, 2012

Teaching Areas

Modern and Contemporary Art History
Critical Theory and Method
Trauma Studies

Research Areas and Projects

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