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Rebecca DeRoo

Associate Professor

School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Program Director- Visual Culture

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Rebecca DeRoo

Associate Professor

School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Program Director- Visual Culture

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).

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.

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Invited Keynote/Presentation
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "‘At the Head of the Table’: Women Art Museum Directors in the 21st Century." Peer-Reviewed Conference Panel Co-Chair, Annual Conference. College Art Association. Chicago, IL. 15 Feb. 2020. Conference Presentation.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Agnes Varda's Daguerreotypes." Documentary Film Festival. Cinetopia. Edinburgh, UK. 23 Aug. 2020. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Movements for Gender Equity in the French Film Industry." Depts. of French and Cinema Studies. Oberlin College. Oberlin, OH. 9 Oct. 2020. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Multimedia Urban Politics in Agnès Varda’s Daguerreotypes." Dept. of European Languages and Cultures. University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, UK. 6 Nov. 2020. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Recovering Participants’ Public and Private Labor in Women and Work (1975)." Peer-reviewed conference paper. College Art Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. 14 Feb. 2020. Conference Presentation.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Les Plages d'Agnes." In Memoriam Series. Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum. Rochester, NY. 6 Nov. 2019. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Daguerreotypes." Cleveland Institute of Art. Cinematheque. Cleveland, OH. 8 Nov. 2019. Lecture.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Women, Persecution, and Revolt." Panel Chair. Women in French. Leeds, UK. 19 May 2019. Conference Presentation.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Desire, Resistance, and Power: Agnès Varda’s L’Opera Mouffe." Annual Conference. College Art Association. New York, NY. 14 Feb. 2019. Conference 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." Agní¨s 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'Agní¨s." 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 Agní¨s 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.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
DeRoo, Rebecca J. Community Curator of Exhibition, Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World. 20 Nov. 2020. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. Community Curator of Exhibition, Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World. 20 Nov. 2020. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. Community Curator of Exhibition, Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World. 20 Nov. 2020. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. Community Curator of Exhibition, Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World. 20 Nov. 2020. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. Community Curator of Exhibition, Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World. 20 Nov. 2020. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. Community Curator of Exhibition, Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World. 20 Nov. 2020. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
(DeRoo,advisor), Claudia Paulson. Map of Change in the exhibition Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World. 20 Nov. 2020. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
Perttula, Lauren and James Kane (DeRoo,advisor). Brochure Guides Featuring Changemakers. 20 Nov. 2020. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
(DeRoo,advisor), Monica Conary. Educational Material for Changemakers Exhibition. 20 Nov. 2020. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
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. Agní¨s 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.
Book Chapter
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Pleasure, Pain, and Subversion in Agnès Varda’s L’Opera Mouffe [Diary of a Pregnant Woman] (1958)." Plaisirs de Femmes: Women, Pleasure, and Transgression in French Literature and Culture. Ed. Maggie Allison, Elliot Evans, and Carrie Tarr. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 2019. 37-54. Print.
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Agnes Varda and Ydessa: Engaging Personal and Cultural Histories." Women’s Films: Across Media and Generations. Ed. Ivone Margulies and Jeremi Szaniawski. London, UK: Bloomsbury, 2019. 147-161. Print.
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.
Journal Paper
DeRoo, Rebecca J. "Metaphor and Memento in Christine Shank’s Our First Year Together." Afterimage 43. 1-2 (2015): 24-27. Print.

Currently Teaching

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 term.
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.

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