John Pultz

Associate Professor
Photography and Twentieth-Century Art
Primary office:
200-A Spencer Museum of Art

1993 Ph.D., History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1981 M.A., History of Art, Williams College/Clark Art Institute Graduate Program
1975 B.A., cum laude, Amherst College
Graduate Seminars:
Reading Photographs as Documents; 1960s American Photography; Art Since 1970; Art Theory and Criticism and the 1970s and 1980s; Photography and Modernism; The Body in Photography; Land-use Photography; Critical Issues in Twentieth-century American Photography; Vernacular Photography, Popular Culture, and High Art; Performance, Installation, Site-Specific Art, Twentieth-century Collage; and Twentieth-century Portraiture.

Teaching Experience:
1999- present Associate Professor, University of Kansas
1992-1998 Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
1992 Instructor, New York University
1991 Instructor, Kean College
1986 Visiting Assistant Professor, Bard College; Instructor, Tyler School of Art

Museum Experience:
1992-2006 Curator of Photography, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas

2001-2002 Consulting Curator of Photography and New Media, Denver Art Museum

1985 Consultant, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum

1981-84 Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Dept. of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Selected Publications:
"Harry Callahan, Modernist Photography, and Postwar Suburban Domesticity." In A Fine Regard: Essays in Honor of Kirk Varnedoe. Edited by Patricia Berman and Gertje Utley. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.

"Tim White's Photographs and Adolescent Time." In Awakening: The Photographs of Tim White. Berlin: Galerie Michael Schultz, 2007.

Diane Arbus: Family Albums, with Anthony W. Lee. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003. Including the essay "Searching for Diane Arbus's Family Album in her Monograph, Box of Ten Pictures, and Esquire Work."

"Timothy H. O'Sullivan's Photographs of the West 1871-1873." In West Point/Points West. Denver: Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum, 2002.

"Photography." In The Oxford Companion to the Body. Edited by Colin Blakemore. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

"Joseph Judd Pennell and the Era of Commercial Studio Photography." In James R. Shortridge, Our Town on the Plains: J. J. Pennell's Photographs of Junction City, Kansas, 1893-1922. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2000.

Western Waters: Photographs by Geogory Conniff, Terry Evans, and Wander Hammerbeck. Exh. cat. Spencer Museum of Art, 1996.

The Body and the Lens: Photography 1839 to the Present. Harry N.Abrams, 1995. (Foreign-language editions: French, German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese)

Le Corps Photographié, with Anne de Mondenard. Flammarion, 1995.

"Austérité et Clarté: La nouvelle photographie aux États-Unis, 1920-40" and "Ansel Adams; An American Place, 1936." In Nouvelle Historie de la Photographie. Edited by Michel Frizot. Paris: Adam Biro/Bordas, 1994.

"Ansel Adams and Harry Callahan: A Case Study of Influence." In Ansel Adams/New Light: Essays on His Legacy and His Legend. San Francisco: Friends of Photography, 1993.

"Harry Callahan: The Creation and Representation of an Integrated Life," History of Photography, vol. 15, no. 3 (Autumn 1991):222-227.

"Fotografia americana 1918-1945." In Fotografia americana del S. XX. Exh. cat. Barcelona: Centre Cultural de la Fundació "La Caixa,"1991.

Harry Callahan: Early Street Photography, 1943-45 . The Archive Research Series, no. 28. Tucson: Center for Creative Photography, 1990.

"L'interprétation américaine du cubisme," Photographies, no. 7 (May 1985):18-20.

"Collectors of Photography" In A Personal Vision: Phtographs in the Collection of Paul F. Walter. Exh. cat. New Museum of Modern Art, 1985.

Cubism and American Photography, 1910-1930. With Catherine Scallen. Exh. cat. Williamstown: Clark Art Institute, 1981.

"Equivalence, Symbolism and Minor White's Way into the Language of Photography,"Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University, vol. 39, no. 1/2 (1980):28-39.

Exhibitions and Installations:
Spencer Museum of Art
2005 Feeding Lawrence/Work + Workplace: A Video Installation by Earl Iversen and Luke Jordan.
2003 Diane Arbus: Family Albums, with Anthony W. Lee.
2002 Remembering 9/11: The World Trade Center in Photographs.
1999 Cindy Sherman: Selections from the Eli Broad Family Foundation Collection, with Erin Barnett.
1996 Western Waters: Photographs of Gregory Conniff, Terry Evans, and Wanda Hammerbeck.
1995 The Body and the Lens: Photography 1839 to the Present.
1994 Land and Its Uses: Photographs from the Collection.
1993 A Survey of the History of Photography from the Collection.
1993 Photographs by Gordon Parks

Denver Art Museum
2002 Metamorphosis: Modernist Photographs by Herbert Bayer and Man Ray
Kansas Interpretative Traveling Exhibits Service
1998 The Face of the Law in Kansas From Territorial Days to the Present
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
1991 Harry Callahan: Early Work/Recent Work
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Reinstallation of the permanent collection (on view 1984-1990).
1983 BIG PICTURES by Contemporary Photographers, with John Szarkowski.
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
1981 Cubism and American Photography, with Catherine Scallen.
Other Activities, Grants, Awards
Field Editor for Photography, caa:reviews, an on-line publication of College Art Association, 2006-2010.

Book and exhibition reviews for American Studies, Great Plains Quarterly, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), Art Journal.

Keeler Family Intra-University Professorship, University of Kansas, 2006.

Award for teaching excellence, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas, 1998.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1995.

University of Kansas Graduate Research Fund Fellowships, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005.

Manuscript review for Yale University Press, Princeton University Press, University of California Press, University Press of Kansas, American Studies, Art Journal.

Juror for Society for Contemporary Photography (Kansas City), Kansas City Artists' Coalition, Hidden Glen Art Fair (Johnson County, Kansas), Lawrence Photography Alliance.

Portfolio reviewer for Santa Fe Center for Photography, Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

Lectures and other public presentations at University of Iowa, Mount Holyoke College, Art Institute of Chicago, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Memphis, Arvada (Colorado) Center for the Arts and Humanities, State University of New York at New Paltz, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Ohio Wesleyan University, Cornell University, Adelphi University, Baltimore Museum of Art, Bowdoin College, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Pennsylvania State University, Institute of North American Studies (Barcelona)

Completed Doctoral Dissertations Chaired:
"'Sighing after the Infinite': Masculinity, Androgyny, and Femininity in the Art of Edward Burne-Jones".
"Pin-up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality and the Pin-Up Genre, 1860 to the Present".
"Fractured Identities: Photomontage Production by Women in the Weimar Republic".
"The Precondition of Landscape: Tropes and Meaning in the Rural Landscapes of J.W. W. Turner and John Constable"

Doctoral Dissertations Currently Being Chaired:
Barbara Morgan, American photographer

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