Art History Professor's Ethnographic Research Earns International Recognition

NIU School of Art Professor Rebecca Houze, Head of the Art History division, has had several noted presentations this year. At the annual September conference of the Design History Society at the University of Brighton (England), Rebecca presented a paper on Native American imagery in US sports team logos.  She was also invited to give an evening lecture on Viennese modernism at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Idaho), in conjunction with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony 2012 concert series.  

This spring Rebecca has presented works in progress at the College Art Association Conference (NYC) in February and the Nineteenth Century Studies Association conference in Chicago in March. Rebecca is currently at work on two book projects: Textiles, Fashion, and Modern Design in Austria-Hungary: Principles of Dress (Ashgate 2014); and Design and Culture: New Mythologies (Berg 2015).  Her new research explores the relationship between ethnographic study, exhibition, and the open-air museum on both sides of the Atlantic, focusing more specifically on the development of architecture and landscape design in the US National Parks in the early 20th century. 

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