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  • Hyewon Yoon is a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Hampshire. Her dissertation examined the emergence of photographic portraiture as a vehicle for illuminating the experience of European exiles and their cultural migrations under the threat of fascism. In this work, she argued that exile by fascist regimes prompted certain European photographers to resort to human figuration in order to reconsider the possibilities of historical subjectivity at its moment of crisis. Her argument is anchored in the work of three Jewish European women photographers who turned exclusively to portraiture while in exile. The German-born French Gisèle Freund (1908– 2000), influenced by American mass culture, was the first commercial color portraitist of the French literati in inter-war France. The Austrian-born American Lisette Model (1910–1983) developed a caricature style to critique the French bourgeoisie, which she later adapted to articulate the conditions of the American Lumpenproletariat. And the German-born American Lotte Jacobi (1896–1990), a master portraitist of Weimar cultural society, continued to apply her distinctive aesthetic stylization of the human figure, characteristic of Weimar, to her American subjects. As part of this work, Yoon received fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard, the National Gallery of Canada, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte. During three years of archival research in Europe and North America, Yoon started working on not only a group of exile photographers but also interwar European female photographers who have been largely overlooked in histories of interwar modern art, such as Ilse Bing, Alice Lex-Nerlinger, Eva Besnyö, Annelise Kretschmer, Lotte Reiniger, etc. In revising her book project, she brings discussions of gender to the fore. She will examine the ways in which interwar European female émigré artists introduced a gendered perspective on the experience of exile.
  • Teaching Activities

  • Introduction to Art History Taught course 2019
  • Hon/Seeing Gender:Feminist Art Taught course 2019
  • Introduction to Art History Taught course 2019
  • Top in Art History/Portraiture Taught course 2019
  • Histories European Modernism Taught course 2018
  • Introduction to Art History Taught course 2018
  • Introduction to Art History Taught course 2018
  • Introduction to Art History Taught course 2018
  • Modern World Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Architectural History Taught course 2017
  • Introduction to Art History Taught course 2017
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Taught course 2017
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  • Hyewon Yoon