Dr. de Stecher's research focus is Indigenous art histories, using decolonizing approaches and methodologies to re-vision Indigenous visual arts and material culture. Her research engages with narratives of contact and cultural continuity. Her areas of expertise include historical and contemporary Indigenous visual arts with a focus on eastern Woodlands and Inuit art, material culture research, museum and curatorial studies. Dr. de Stecher's recent study of Indigenous histories of diplomacy takes a fresh look at 18C intercultural engagement and trade silver, a project to decolonize colonial archives and center Indigenous voice. In museum studies, Dr. de Stecher's new project looks at recent exhibitions (2017 and 2018) in Canada. Their curatorial approaches demonstrate a marked shift in exhibition practice, with a strong Indigenous presence. Dr.de Stecher's study considers the impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report's Calls to Action on curatorial practice.
Indigenous art histories, material culture, critical museology and museum studies, materiality, decolonizing and settler colonialism theories and methodologies, women's histories, Canadian art history, gender studies, Indigenous diplomatic histories
ARTH 1300 - History of World Art 1
Surveys major art styles from the Paleolithic period through the Renaissance, including European, Asian, and the Pre-Columbian/Islamic world. Emphasizes comparison of Western and non-Western visual expressions as evidence of differing cultural orientations.
ARTH 1400 - History of World Art 2
Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Surveys major art styles from about 1600 to the present, including Europe, Asia, the Islamic world, the Americas and Africa. Emphasizes comparison of Western and non-Western visual expressions as evidence of differing cultural orientations.
ARTH 4919 - Capstone Seminar: Topics in Art History
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Seminar course dealing with selected areas or problems within the history of art. Consult current online Schedule Planner for seminar topic. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
ARTH 6929 - Seminar: Theories of Art History
Provides a systematic critical overview of the development of art history as a discipline beginning with 18th century theories of aesthetics and ending with current interdisciplinary models of critical interpretation. Weekly readings, discussions, reports, and written papers constitute the format of this seminar in methodology. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours within a term. Required for MA (art history) students.