Kirsten Fleur Olds

Assistant Professor of Art HistoryPhillips Hall  203

Kirsten Olds offers courses in art history on topics in modern and contemporary European and American art. Her research focuses on artists’ groups in the 1970s who, through mail art, video, and performance works, created collaborative networks as alternatives to mainstream forms of display and dissemination in the art world.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, History of Art, 2009
  • M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, History of Art, 2004
  • B.A. , Columbia University, New York, magna cum laude; Art History, with honors, and English Literature, 2000

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Modern and contemporary European and American art
  • Race, gender, sexuality, and postcolonial theory 
  • Visual culture studies and theory and theory and methods of art history
  • Histories of photography and new media

Areas of Research Focus

  • Conceptual, mail art, performance, and video practices
  • Artists’ groups and artistic collaboration, especially in the 1960s and ‘70s

Professional Affiliations

  • College Art Association, Oklahoma Conference of Art Historians

Courses Taught at TU

  • Art History Survey II (ARTH 2223)
  • American Art (ARTH 3093)
  • Art since 1945 (ARTH 4023)
  • Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism (ARTH 4223)
  • 19th Century European Art (ARTH 4613)