Charissa Terranova

Professor - Arts And Humanities
cxt074100@utdallas.edu
972-883-4394
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Architectural History and Theory
Harvard University - 2004
M.A. - Architectural History and Theory
Harvard University - 2001
M.A. - Art History
University of Illinois at Chicago - 1996
B.A. - Art History
University of Tennessee, Knoxville - 1992

Research Areas

Biotechne: Interthinking Art, Science, and Design
Coedited book series at Bloomsburyhttps://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/series/biotechne-interthinking-art-science-and-design/
D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's Generative Influences in Art, Design, and Architecture From Forces to Forms (2021)
New anthology about Scottish zoologist D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson coedited with Ellen K. Levyhttps://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/darcy-wentworth-thompsons-generative-influences-in-art-design-and-architecture-9781350191136/
Art as Organism: Biology and the Evolution of the Digital Image (2016)
Monograph about the role of biology in the development of the digital image in art.https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/art-as-organism-biology-and-the-evolution-of-the-digital-image/index
The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016)
An anthology of text coedited with Meredith Tromble about biology in the history, theory, and practice of art and architecture. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Biology-in-Art-and-Architecture/Terranova-Tromble/p/book/9780367873394
Automotive Prosthetic: Technological Mediation and the Car in Conceptual Art (2014)
A new media perspective on conceptual art.https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/teraut
A special issue of Technoetic Arts on “complexism” (2016)
This is an edited issue of the journal Technoetic Arts devoted to thinking about art and architecture in terms of "complexism."https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/ta/2016/00000014/f0020001/art00001;jsessionid=328b4bkvdqnqk.x-ic-live-01

Publications

“Systems and Automatisms: Jack Burnham, Stanley Cavell, and the Dialectic of Contemporary Art,” forthcoming in Leonardo spring 2014 forthcoming - Publication
Automotive Prosthetic: Conceptual Art, The Car, and Technological Mediation, 1951- Present, forthcoming fall 2013 from the University of Texas Press 2013 - Publication
“The Scarcity Aesthetic: Art, Design, and Population when Systems Fail,” Proceedings of  the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 101st Annual Meeting. March 2013. 2013 - Publication
The Scarcity Aesthetic: Art, Design, and Population when Systems Fail, submitted for inclusion in an edited volume, edited by George Sochan and published through Cambridge Scholars Publishing, winter 2013 2013 - Publication
“Hummer: The Cultural Militarism of Art Based on the SUV,” forthcoming in Inside Mobility (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012). 2012 - Publication
Software: Jack Burnham and the Medium as System. Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 100th Annual Meeting. Feb. 2012. 2012 - Publication
Haptic Unconscious: A Prehistory of Affectivity in Moholy-Nagys Pedagogy at the New Bauhaus. Touch and Go issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Eds.,Irini Papadimitriou and Jonathan Munro. (2012) Vol. 18, No. 3: 226-237. 2012 - Publication
“The Gestalt of STREET TEAM: Guerrilla Tactics, GIFs, and the Museum,” Touch and Go issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Eds, Irini Papadimitriou and Jonathan Munro. (2012) Vol. 18, No. 3: 238-241. 2012 - Publication
“The Image of the Skin Fetish: The Automobile in the Work of Richard Prince.” Forthcoming in The International Journal of the Image. Fall 2011. 2011 - Publication
Richard Princes Car Fetish: Fetishising as Othering and White Trash Landscapes, Transmission Annual: Provocation. Eds., Michael Corris, Jaspar Joseph-Lester, Sharon Kivland. London: Artwords Press, 2011. 78-91. 2011 - Publication

Appointments

Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies
The University of Texas at Dallas [2007–Present]
Instructor
Southern Methodist University [2005–2005]
Assistant Professor
Southern Methodist University [2005–2007]
Visiting Assistant Professor
Southern Methodist University [2004–2005]
Instructor
Boston Architecture Center [2003–2003]
Instructor
Harvard University Summer School [2002–2004]
Instructor
Harvard University Summer School [2002–2004]
Sessional Lecturer
of British Columbia [2001–2002]
Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
University of TX, Dallas [2019–Present]

Projects

Collecting and Collectivity: The Enigmatic Dialectic of Dallas
2006–2006 La Reunion Artists Residency Program, Dallas, Texas, September 28, 2006
Fabric, Fashion and the Fold in Architecture
2007–2007 Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas, Texas, April 26, 2007
The Modernism of the Ranch House: The Significance of the Housing Stock of Richardson, Texas
2009–2009 Presentation to the Heights Park Neighborhood Group, Richardson, Texas, January 15, 2009
Technocratic Aesthetics: Pragmatic Planning and Modern Housing in Postwar France, 1945-1975
2006–2006 International Planning History Conference, New Delhi, India, December 11-14, 2006
Mobile Perception, the Double Aperture and Conceptual Art 1965-1974
2007–2007 Fifth Annual Conference of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic & Mobility, T2M Association, Helmond, The Netherlands, 25-28 October, 2007

Additional Information

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Charissa N. Terranova is Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. She lectures and teaches seminars on art and architectural history, theory, and criticism and media and new media theory. She is a scholarly writer and freelance curator and critic working both nationally and internationally. She is the Editor of Art, Architecture, and New Media Studies for the scholarly journal Transfers: New Mobility Studies. In January 2010, she stepped down from the position of founding director and curator of Centraltrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency in order to complete her scholarly manuscript. 

Dr. Terranova's book-length manuscript on the automobile and perception is currently under consideration for publication. Titled Automotive Prosthetic: The Car, Technological Mediation, and the Conceptual Turn in Art, 1951-Present, the book focuses on conceptual art, the aesthetic experience of seeing the world in motion through the car window, and the global political economy of the car in the post-WW II period.

Research

Dr. Terranova's current research is an extension of a recently completed manuscript, Automotive Prosthetic: The Car, Technological Mediation, and the Conceptual Turn, 1951-Present, on conceptual art and the automobile. Currently in press, the book re-situates conceptual art in terms of technology and media and new media theory, while also focusing on the transformation of the human body's sensory system brought on by the automobile. The book interprets conceptual art in terms of the kinesthetics of the car and road, bringing together art, architecture, the urban landscape and political economy of war. There are two primary sub-groups within the wider area of her research on mobility, technology and affect: 1.) the relationship between Gestalt psychology, cybernetic technology, kinetic and conceptual art and 2.) a re-reading of the history of conceptual art in terms of the "conceptual turn." 

According to the conceptual turn, conceptual art is not an "-ism" that occurred 1964-72 and recurs intermittently as forms of "post-minimalism," "post-conceptualism," or "neo-conceptualism,' but rather a sensibility, attitude and choice. This project is both historically based and a matter of contemporary art criticism. With respect to history, it is rooted in the transformations of the mass media, in particular its exponential growth in the immediate post-WW II period, and a series of platform-like exhibitions on technology and art in the late 1960s by which conceptual art was launched as a cohesive "movement." Gleaned from Dr. Terranova's contemporary art criticism, the idea is based on the following observation: conceptualism is omnipresent. It is grammatical, a choice rather than ism-like style among competitive and engaged contemporary artists. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Director of Centraltrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, August 2007 -present
  • Editor of Vectors: New Mobility Studies, a journal of mobility history for potential publication through MIT Press, preview date: fall 2010
  • Juror, New Texas Talent, Craighead-Green Gallery, July 2009
  • Art Critic, THE Magazine, March 2009-present
  • Art Critic, Art Papers, April 2007-present
  • Art Critic, Art Lies, February 2004-present
  • Regional Art Critic, Sculpture Magazine, November 2006-present
  • Regional Art Critic, Art News, May 2005-2006
  • Art Critic, Dallas Morning News, February 2007-August 2008
  • Art Critic, Dallas Observer, March 2004-2007
  • Juror, Sherman Art League Membership Show, September 14, 2006
  • Editorial Board, Women & Environments International, Number 60/61, summer 2004, issue devoted to “Women in Cities,” 2003-2004
  • Principal Advisor and Organizer, Language Resource Center, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, fall 2003
  • Referee, History/Historiography Panel, ACSA, 2003, Louisville, Kentucky, March 14-17, 2003
  • Staff and Paris Attaché, CASE, an architecture journal, Editor: Sarah Whiting, Harvard University, 2000-2001, 2002-2003
SCHOLARSHIPS AND HONORS:
  • Grant from the Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts, Chicago, Illinois for a symposium, “Kinetics of Urban Sprawl: Cybernetics and the City in the 21st Century,” August 2008
  • Meadows School of the Arts Faculty Research/Development Grant for Travel to Paris, France for Archival Research, May 2007
  • University Research Council Grant for Travel to Paris, France for Archival Research, May 2007
  • Golden Mustang Award 2006-2007, For Excellence in Teaching, SMU, Nominee, Fall 2006
  • H.O.P.E. (Honoring Our Professors’ Excellence) SMU, Recipient, November 2006
  • Meadows School of the Arts Faculty Research/Development Grant, Southern Methodist
  • University, for Travel to India to present “Technocratic Aesthetics: Pragmatic Planning and Modern Housing in Postwar France, 1945-1975,” at the annual conference of the International Planning History Society in New Delhi, October 2006
  • University Research Council Grant for Travel to Brazil, Southern Methodist University, April 2006
  • Meadows School of the Arts Faculty Research/Development Grant for Travel to Brazil, Southern Methodist University, February 2006
  • Grant for Fees, Harvard University, 2002-2003
  • Fulbright Grant for Study in France, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 2002- 2003
  • Trustees’ Merit Citation, Grant from Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, 2001-2002
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard Summer School, Institute for English Language, August 2001
  • Lurcy Travel Fellowship for Research in France, Harvard University, 2000-2001
  • Art Fellowship, Dudley House, Harvard University, 1999-2000
  • Grant from Ford Foundation for "Architecture's Ontologies," Graduate Student Workshop, May 1999
  • Harvard Summer School Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Summer 1999
  • Grant from Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Support for "Testing Ground," Graduate Student Colloquium Co-Sponsored by Harvard and M.I.T. Ph.D. Students, 1998
  • Harvard Summer School Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Summer 1998
  • Summer Research Grant, Harvard University, Graduate Student Council, Summer 1998
  • Harvard University Committee on Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Scholarship, Grant for Tuition and Fees, 1996-1999
  • University of Illinois, Chicago, History of Art and Architecture Program, Scholarship, Grant for Tuition and Fees, 1993-1995
  • "Demuth's Distinguished Air: Evidence of an Erotic Mind Occupation, "First Runner-Up, Dille Scholarship Fund Art History Paper Competition, of Tennessee Forty-Fifth Annual Student Art Competition, April 1992

News Articles

Charissa Terranova Named Director of Central Track: The UT Dallas Artists Residency
An internationally known scholar of modern and contemporary art and architecture, Dr. Charissa Terranova, , has been named both director of Central Track: The UT Dallas Artists Residency and assistant professor of aesthetic studies in the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas.  

An experimental endeavor, the artists residency at UT Dallas was founded in collaboration with South Side on Lamar in 2001.  It was the first program of its kind in North Texas, modeled after such prestigious residencies as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Artpace in San Antonio and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.