Assistant Professor of Art History and Director, Arts Administration Program
Simmons College of Arts and Sciences
Heather Hole is Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Art History in the Department of Art and Music at Simmons College. She is the author of the book Marsden Hartley and the West: The Search for An American Modernism, published by Yale University Press, and the curator of the traveling exhibition of the same name. In her previous position as curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she played a key role in planning and installing the new Art of the Americas Wing, which opened in November of 2010.
AADM 143 Boston Arts in Action
This class emphasizes firsthand experience of Boston's visual and performing arts institutions. Examines theory and best practices in nonprofits, including audience outreach, education, curation, fundraising and performance management.
AADM 236 The New York Institute
Offers firsthand experience of the rich cultural landscape of New York City in a four-week on-site experiential program during the month of June. Offered every other year.
AADM 390 Arts in the Community
Provides an integrated seminar and internship experience for students in arts administration. Combines academic and experiential learning in a professional context.
ART 244 Twentieth-Century Art
This course explores the development in Europe, the United States and Latin America of cubism, surrealism, abstraction, feminism and other new approaches to modern art.
ART 245 American Art
This museum-based course relies on the outstanding American collection at the Museum of Fine Arts to study painting, photography, decorative arts, and sculpture from the colonial period to the 20th century.
ART 248 Women and Art
Surveys paintings, sculpture, photography, and architecture by women artists from medieval times to the present; analyzes the representations of women in the visual arts; and introduces theoretical issues related to feminist theory and the place of women in an expanding canon.
HON 102 Modern Art in Mexico and the United States, 1900-1960
This course explores the connections and distinctions between modernist movements in the United States and Mexico from 1900 to 1960, with a focus on the 1920s and 1930s. Part of the First Year Honors Learning Community HON 101 Art, Politics, and Revolution: Mexico and its Neighbors 1900-1960.
My current research examines the work and exhibition history of New York avant-garde painter Florine Stettheimer in the 1920s. I am interested in the ways Stettheimer risked being dismissed as frivolous by her modernist contemporaries in order to examine the borders between the avant-garde, the commercial and the decorative. In her work, Stettheimer rejected abstraction and chose instead a more representational style described by fellow painter Marsden Hartley as one of “delicate and captivating feminine humor.” She also regularly exhibited not only in elite modernist shows, but also commercial venues like Wanamaker’s Department Store. At this time, Wanamaker’s Gallery of Decorative Art showed some of the most radically innovative modern art on view anywhere in New York. Yet this space, surrounded by sumptuous commercial displays of home decor, has been all but forgotten. My research explores the ways in which Stettheimer’s choices called into question the gendered division between serious modernism and decorative art.