About Me

Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank

I am a reformed professor of Art History. 

All kidding aside, as of July 2020 I was fortunate enough to join Smarthistory.org full time as the Dean of Content and Strategy. It was time to transition to a new role in academia (for many reasons) and try something new and inspiring, so I left my job as an Associate Professor of Art History at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Before that, I was an Assistant Professor of Art History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center within CUNY.

I’ve long been an advocate and fan of Smarthistory. Over the years I’ve served as a Contributing Editor, Content Contributor, and Board Member (Smarthistory’s materials are also found on Khan Academy). It has always felt like my most important work has been with Smarthistory, so I am delighted to divert my energy there full time. Let’s work towards changing art history!

A little it more about me . . .

I specialize in the art and architecture of the Spanish Colonial Americas (think Mexico and most of South America, 1492–1821), the Global Renaissance, and the Pre-Columbian Americas. At Pepperdine I also taught a (very) large-lecture class (200+ students) that is the first of three humanities GE classes. It spans 30,000 BC to AD 1350, and covers art, history, philosophy, literature, theater, and more. I also teach art history classes that are usually under 15 students. Currently, one of my favorites is a World Art History II class (fifteenth century to the present).

Some of my current research focuses on images of the body and body parts, the intersection of art and science, the visual culture of death and dying, and transcultural pathways. I wrote a book about the images of the Sacred Heart in Colonial Mexico. I co-edited another book about suffering and pain in the early modern world. I am working on another book about emotions in the early modern world, and yet another on art of the Jesuit diaspora. I am also very interested in digital art history and the digital humanities more broadly, as much of this site details. I am always looking for new, creative ways to improve my teaching, and I spend more time than I care to admit reading books about pedagogy. Teaching has been and will always be one of my great loves. 

I have spent  a lot of time in Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, and the southwestern U.S. I am fortunate to have traveled more broadly to Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Tanzania, Thailand, and Canada. I try to travel as often as possible, and encourage students to study abroad should they have the opportunity to do so.

How did I get into Art History? As an undergraduate, I majored in Biology and History in a special B.A./M.D. program. During my sophomore year I took Art History 101 (“Caves to Cathedrals”) as a G.E. requirement and fell in love with the subject. After finishing my B.A. and M.A., I began a Ph.D. in Art History at UCLA. I earned my Ph.D in 2009. I have also taught at UCLA and the University of Oregon.

On a more personal note, I am the proud mama of a wild, adventurous, and silly 5 year-old daughter and a smiley, easy-going, extremely active 3-year old. They keep me on my toes and remind me (every day) that there is more to life than work. They are the inspiration for much of what I do.

If you want to read more about my scholarship, here are a few things:

PUBLIC ART HISTORY PUBLICATION

I have published extensively on Smarthistory, so I direct you to my author page—it would be too unwieldy to list them all here!

BOOKS PUBLISHED

Holy Organ or Unholy Idol?: The Sacred Heart in Art, Religion, and Culture of New Spain (Leiden: Brill, 2018). Link to book on Brill’s website.

Reviews in Journal of Jesuit Studies 6, no. 3 (2019); Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (2020)

Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank and Heather Graham, eds., Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Americas, vol. 24, Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History and Intellectual History (BSAI) (Leiden: Brill, 2018). xix + 428 pp. Link to book on Brill’s website.

ARTICLES/CHAPTERS PUBLISHED

“Decolonizing ‘The Digital’ in the Classroom: Reflections on the Intersection of Colonial Latin American Art History and Digital Art History Pedagogy,” Digital Humanities Quarterly, special issue on Digital Humanities and Colonial Latin American Studies.

http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/14/4/000494/000494.html

“Doing Digital Art History in a Pre-Columbian Art History Survey Classroom: Creating an Omeka Exhibition around the Mixtec Codex Zouche-Nuttall,” Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy for the special issue on Digital Art History, issue 12 (2018). Link.

“Love Hurts: Mystical Marriage in the Art of New Spain,” in Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank and Heather Graham, eds., Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Americas, vol. 24, Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History and Intellectual History (BSAI) (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 313–357.

“Introduction: Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Americas,” co-authored with Heather Graham, in Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank and Heather Graham, eds., Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Americas, vol. 24, Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History and Intellectual History (BSAI) (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 1–34.

“‘For all the world to see’: Guaman Poma’s Self-Portraits in Nueva corónica,” The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History 75, no. 1 (January 2018): 47–94. https://doi.org/10.1017/tam.2017.97

Contributor to Paintings of Colonial Cusco: Artistic Splendor in the Andes/Pintura colonial cusqueña: El esplendor del arte en los Andes, ed. Ananda Cohen Suarez (Cusco: Haynanka Ediciones, 2016). Bilingual entries include: “52: Baby Jesus with Instruments of the Passion,” “94: Song of Songs,” “97: Allegory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” “98: Death of a Virtuous Man and Death of a Sinner,” “152: Saint Mary Magdalene.”

“Science, Art, and the Sacred Heart in Eighteenth-Century New Spain,” in Vanishing Boundaries: Scientific Knowledge and Art Production in the Early Modern Era, ed. Lilian Zirpolo, 223–260 (Woodcliff Lake, NJ: WAPACC Organization, 2015).

“Holy Organ or Unholy Idol? Forming a History of the Sacred Heart in New Spain,” Colonial Latin American Review 23, no. 3 (Dec. 2014): 320–359, DOI: 10.1080/10609164.2014.972698

“A Burning Heart Can Save Your Soul,” in Death and the Afterlife in the Early Modern Hispanic World, edited by John Beusterien and Constance Cortez (University of Minnesota Press: Hispanic Issues On Line, 2010), ISSN 1931-8006.

IN-PRESS

Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank and Heather Graham, Art, Emotions, and Religion in the Transatlantic World, 1500–1800 (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2021)

“To Weep with Mary and Mourn for Christ: Luis de Morales and the Emotional Community of Badajoz, Spain” for Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank and Heather Graham, Art, Emotions, and Religion in the Transatlantic World, 1500–1800 (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2021)

“An introduction to the entangled history of emotions, art, and religion in the early modern world,” for Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank and Heather Graham, Art, Emotions, and Religion in the Transatlantic World, 1500–1800 (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2021)

“Pietà” for the Encyclopedia of Bible and Its Reception (DeGruyter, forthcoming). This essay (formerly “Lamentation of Jesus” will now be published in the “P” volume under Pietà due to changes with the editor.

“Orozco, José Clemente,” for the Encyclopedia of Bible and Its Reception (DeGruyter, forthcoming). This essay will be published in the “O” volume.

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