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Rebecca DeRoo

Associate Professor
Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
College of Liberal Arts

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Rebecca DeRoo

Associate Professor
Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Bryn Mawr College; MA, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Bio

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.

Currently Teaching

MUSE-489
3 Credits
This class introduces students to the methods of research appropriate for scholarship in the field of Museum Studies. Students will learn how to locate, analyze, assess, critique and conduct research in the field. They will choose the topic of their senior thesis project, develop a clear statement of how that topic will be explored, and construct an annotated bibliography relevant to that topic. This course leads to the development of a proposal for a senior thesis project that is suitable for full implementation in Senior Thesis for museum studies.
MUSE-224
3 Credits
Art exhibitions are organized around a curatorial premise, a statement that articulates an idea allowing for the selection of work included in an exhibition. This course begins with an overview of exhibition history, starting with the transformation of the Louvre into the first public art museum following the French Revolution, where art history, a discipline developed in the 19th century, was enlisted to organize exhibition. The course then examines the proliferation of types of exhibitions that accompanies modernism, up to the present, paying close attention to the curatorial premise animating the exhibitions.
MUSE-354
3 Credits
This course examines the history and practice of exhibition design. It reviews the history of exhibitions within the development of museum-like institutions. In this course the following aspects of exhibition design are considered: curatorial premise or theme, exhibition development timeline, exhibition site, contracts and contractual obligations, budgets and fundraising, publicity material, didactic material, and exhibition design. The course includes field trips to local institutions and collections throughout the quarter.
MUSE-388
3 Credits
This course traces the historical development of women’s activism in the art world from the 1970s to the present. We will interpret how this art activism, which artists and scholars alike have referred to as the feminist art movement, has examined how gender informs the ways art is made, viewed, conceptualized in history and theory, and exhibited in museums and visual culture, in a range of cultural contexts. We will also analyze how current artists, critics, and curators continue to build on this history, in particular how they use the concept of gender intersectionally to develop a variety of new creative practices, theories, modes of exhibition and social engagement.
FNRT-224
3 Credits
Art exhibitions are organized around a curatorial premise, a statement that articulates an idea allowing for the selection of work included in an exhibition. This course begins with an overview of exhibition history, starting with the transformation of the Louvre into the first public art museum following the French Revolution, where art history, a discipline developed in the 19th century, was enlisted to organize exhibition. The course then examines the proliferation of types of exhibitions that accompanies modernism, up to the present, paying close attention to the curatorial premise animating the exhibitions.
FNRT-100
3 Credits
This course will develop students' ability in perceiving worth in objects of art through consideration of fundamental concepts in painting, sculpture and architecture, involving analysis, interpretation and principles of aesthetics.
FNRT-354
3 Credits
This course examines the history and practice of exhibition design. It reviews the history of exhibitions within the development of museum-like institutions. In this course the following aspects of exhibition design are considered: curatorial premise or theme, exhibition development timeline, exhibition site, contracts and contractual obligations, budgets and fundraising, publicity material, didactic material, and exhibition design. The course includes field trips to local institutions and collections throughout the semester.
FNRT-388
3 Credits
This course traces the historical development of women’s activism in the art world from the 1970s to the present. We will interpret how this art activism, which artists and scholars alike have referred to as the feminist art movement, has examined how gender informs the ways art is made, viewed, conceptualized in history and theory, and exhibited in museums and visual culture, in a range of cultural contexts. We will also analyze how current artists, critics, and curators continue to build on this history, in particular how they use the concept of gender intersectionally to develop a variety of new creative practices, theories, modes of exhibition and social engagement.
WGST-388
3 Credits
This course traces the historical development of women’s activism in the art world from the 1970s to the present. We will interpret how this art activism, which artists and scholars alike have referred to as the feminist art movement, has examined how gender informs the ways art is made, viewed, conceptualized in history and theory, and exhibited in museums and visual culture, in a range of cultural contexts. We will also analyze how current artists, critics, and curators continue to build on this history, in particular how they use the concept of gender intersectionally to develop a variety of new creative practices, theories, modes of exhibition and social engagement.

Select Scholarship

Invited Keynote/Presentation
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Documentary and the Multimedia Museum." Annual Conference. Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Toronto, Canada. 14 Mar. 2018. Conference Presentation.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Challenging Feminine Ideals in 1950s France: Agnes Varda’s Carnet de notes filmees par une femme enceinte." International Feminist Art History Conference. American University. Washington, DC. 30 Sep. 2018. Conference Presentation.
interview, Neda Ulaby and with Rebecca DeRoo. "The Oscar Elders: 3 Octogenarians Make Academy Award History." Weekend Edition. National Public Radio. Culver City, California. 1 Mar. 2018. Address.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Women in Film." Book Launch Series. RIT College of Liberal Arts. Rochester, NY. 28 Mar. 2018. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Pleasure, Pain, and Subversion: Agnes Varda's Diary of a Pregnant Woman." Women in French UK. Leeds University. Leeds, UK. 20 May 2017. Conference Presentation.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Conference Session Chair." Technological Change and Cinematic Hybridity. University of Applied Arts. Vienna, Austria, . 2 Jun. 2017. Conference Presentation.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Melancholy and Merchandise at the Cartier Museum: Agnes Varda's Island Exhibition." Stan McKenzie Salon Series. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. 3 May 2017. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. and Rebecca Scales. "Cleo from 5 to 7." Agnès Varda Film Retrospective. Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum. Rochester, NY. 31 Jan. 2016. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Agnes Varda's Le Bonheur." Agnes Varda Film Retrospective. Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum. Rochester, NY. 10 Feb. 2016. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Agnes Varda's Multimedia Exhibitions." Department of Art SUNY Buffalo. Streamed at Queens University, Canada. Buffalo, NY. 24 Oct. 2016. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca. "Social Movements, Gender, and French Museums." Department of Art. SUNY Buffalo. Buffalo, NY. 24 Oct. 2016. Guest Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Documenting and Displaying Widowhood: Agnes Varda's Multimedia Exhibition." Film and the Other Arts. Cambridge University. Cambridge, UK. 30 Sep. 2016. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Reframing Urban Transitions in Agnes Varda's Parisian Daguerreotypes." Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France Conference. Aston University. Birmingham, UK. 5 Sep. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Rebecca, DeRoo,. "Autofiction and Feminist Strategy in Varda’s Plages d'Agnès." Women in French Conference: Feminism, Writing, Art, and Film, 1975-2015. Leeds University. Leeds, UK. 10 May 2015. Conference Presentation.
Rebecca, DeRoo,. "Feminist Documentary and Dialogue in Agnès Varda’s Widows of Noirmoutier." Upstate New York Women’s History Conference. Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Geneva, NY. 19 Sep. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Rebecca, DeRoo,. "Panel Co-organizer with Tamar Carroll: Feminist Documentary: Media, Activism, and Art." Upstate New York Women’s History Conference. Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Geneva, NY. 19 Sep. 2015. Conference Presentation.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Urban Reorganization and Resistance in Agnes Varda's Parisian Daguerreotypes." College Art Association Annual Conference. CAA. Chicago, Illinois. 12 Feb. 2014. Conference Presentation.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Beyond Documentary: Self-Fiction in Vardas Beaches of Agnes." Feminist Art History Conference. American University. Washington, DC. 1 Nov. 2014. Conference Presentation.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Dialogue with Artist Christine Shank in Conjunction with Her Exhibition Our First Year Together." Special Events. Visual Studies Workshop. Rochester, NY. 4 Nov. 2014. Lecture.
Invited Article/Publication
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Agnes Varda: Multimedia Artist." Sight and Sound. (2018). Print.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "On Agnes Varda, Winner of 2017 Honorary Oscar Award." University of California Press Blog. (2017). Web.
National/International Competition Award Winner
DeRoo, Rebecca J. Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. Finalist, Book Award in Moving Image (Cinema and Media Studies). London, UK, 2018.
Full Length Book
DeRoo, Rebecca J. Agnes Varda between Film, Photography, and Art. print, e-book ed. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018. Print.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art. Paperback ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Print.
Rebecca, DeRoo,. The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art. Translation in Macedonian ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Print.
Rebecca, DeRoo,. The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art. Translation in Albanian ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Print.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
DeRoo, Rebecca J. Spirited: Cheers to RIT School Spirit. By Rebecca J. DeRoo, Jennifer Roeszies, and Lisa Witt. 6 May 2017. Imagine RIT, Rochester. Exhibit.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. S.T.E.A.M. Powered Pinball. By Kelli Spampinato, Rebecca J DeRoo, and Melissa Fanton. 6 May 2017. Imagine RIT, Rochester. Exhibit.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. Agnès Varda: (Self)-Portraits. Facts and Fiction. By Co-curated with Jurij Meden. Jan. 2016. Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum, Rochester. Exhibit.
DeRoo, Rebecca. Resistance, Rebellion, and Renewal in Rochester: Narratives of Progress and Poverty. By Co-curated with Museum Studies Faculty. 9 Apr. 2015. RIT Museum, Rochester. Exhibit.
DeRoo, Rebecca. Kate Gleason, Visionary: A Tribute on Her 150th Birthday. By Co-curated with Museum Studies Faculty. 19 Nov. 2015. The Wallace Center, RIT, Rochester. Exhibit.
Journal Paper
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Metaphor and Memento in Christine Shank’s Our First Year Together." Afterimage 43. 1-2 (2015): 24-27. Print.