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Department of Performing Arts & Visual Culture
Rebecca DeRoo’s teaching and research focus on museum and exhibition studies, contemporary art and visual culture, photography and film, theory and method, gender studies, and post-colonial studies. Her most recent book examines the work of multimedia artist Agnès Varda: Agnès Varda between Film, Photography, and Art (University of California Press, 2018). This book was selected as one of three finalists for the Kraszna-Krausz book award in the field of moving image (cinema studies and new media). This research was supported by fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Paul A. and Francena L. Miller Faculty Fellowship.
Dr. DeRoo’s first book, The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art (Cambridge: 2006, translated, reprinted 2014), explains how the protests and social movements of 1968 France triggered a radical reconsideration of artistic practice that has shaped both art and museums up to the present. Her book was awarded the 2008 Laurence Wylie Prize for best book in the field of French Cultural Studies. Professor DeRoo has contributed to publications including The Oxford Art Journal, Parallax, Studies in French Cinema, Afterimage, and Modern and Contemporary France. She curated the exhibition Beyond The Photographic Frame at the Art Institute of Chicago, for which she received a Rhoades Foundation Fellowship; curated Made in France: Art from 1945 to the Present at the Washington University Art Museum; and co-curated with Jurij Meden a retrospective, Agnès Varda: (Self-)Portraits, Facts and Fiction, at the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum (2016). She is an affiliated member of the UK AHRC grant-funded international research network “Film and the Other Arts.” Her grants include Fulbright and Killam Fellowships and a research residency at the French National Institute for Art History (INHA). c.v.
Dr. DeRoo teaches courses on Visual Art, History and Theory of Exhibitions, and Exhibition Design at RIT. In collaboration with colleagues in the RIT Museum Studies Program, she co-curated the exhibitions Kate Gleason, Visionary: A Tribute on Her 150th Birthday (2015) and Resistance, Rebellion, and Renewal in Rochester: Narratives of Progress and Poverty (2015). She is affiliated faculty in the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS) Program and serves on the Coordinating Committee of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.