Sarah Archino Meet Our Faculty Art History Furman University

Sarah Archino received her PhD from the Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2012. Her dissertation, “Reframing the Narrative of Dada in New York, 1910-1926” examined the development of an American Dada aesthetic based on anarcho-individualism and the vernacular, proposing an iteration of Dada as a native, anti-institutional spirit. Her current manuscript project expands on these themes of anarchism and the vernacular in a broader examination of early-twentieth-century American modernism. She recently served two years as the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in American Art at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art in Paris and one year as a research fellow with the Duchamp Research Center in Schwerin, Germany. Previous teaching appointments include Millsaps College, Franklin & Marshall, Hunter College, and Queens College. She is also a founder and co-editor of the AndOr Project, an online art space that explores the practices and implications of digitality for exhibition and archive research.

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History of Western Art II

Survey of Western art from the Renaissance to the present, considering style, iconography, cultural context.


Arts of the Ancient World I

Survey of the art and architecture of ancient Egypt from the Predynastic period through the New Kingdom, includes the Minoan and Cycladic cultures, ancient Mesopotamia, and ancient Greece from the Mycenaean era through the Hellenistic era.


Nineteenth Century Art

An examination of the radical transformations ocurring in painting and sculpture from 1780 through 1900 with a focus on the confrontations between traditional academic art, the emerging avant-garde and popular culture. Consideration of the cultural milieu of the 19th century as well as issues of iconography and aesthetics also addressed.


Contemporary Art Since 1960

This survey covers major figures and developments in visual arts from the postmodern era, circa 1960 to the present.


History of Photography

Historical overview of the medium of photography from its inception in 1826 to present. Tracing photography146 path from scientific innovation and utilitarian tool, to its current status as both art object, and object of persuasion in contemporary society. Using images as visual evidence, analyzing how style and subject matter of photographs reflect the social movements and cultural values of the 19th and 20th century.


Inside the White Cube

An introduction to the basic theory and practice of museum exhibition planning. Through exhibition planning, design, and execution students will move through a series of writing projects. Students will examine historical exhibitions to determine best practices, analyze written materials from these exhibitions, and produce professional examples in different genres.

I aim to bring energy into the classroom and create an environment where studying art history feels exciting and relevant to the larger world. Enthusiasm is contagious and, although occasionally someone will suggest that I switch to decaf before an early-morning class, generally the class responds with increased intensity and engagement. My classes have a lively, informal feel, which is carefully crafted to draw students in while providing a factual foundation and prompting critical thinking. In my own work, I am drawn to the cracks and margins of art history, working against historiographic erasures and simplistic narratives. My research has a direct and systemic impact on my classroom environment, as I encourage students to similarly question assumptions and learned knowledge. I want them to understand that art history is not something relegated to the past, but something which is alive and evolving.

  • Library Research Grant, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany (2015)
  • Kress Fellowship for THATCamp CAA (2015)
  • Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in American Art at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, France (2013-15)
  • Fellow, Duchamp Research Center, Staatliches Museum, Schwerin, Germany (2014)
  • Honorable Mention, Professional-Development Fellowship in Art History, College Art Association (2012)
  • Terra Summer Residency, Terra Foundation for American Art (2011)
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2005-10)
  • Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship (2009)
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