Patricia Albers





ART 115
Office hours:
M: 10:30-11:30
W: 10:30-11:00 and by appointment


Master of Arts in Art History, San Francisco State University, CA
Master of Arts in French, Middlebury College, VT
Bachelor of Arts in Art, University of Iowa, IA


Patricia Albers is the author of Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter: A Life (Knopf, 2011), selected by Booklist as one of the ten best biographies of 2011.  She also wrote Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti (University of California Press, 2001) and curated the exhibition "Tina Modotti and the Mexican Renaissance" for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Rencontres d'Arles photography festival, and the Helsinki City Museum.  Currently she is working on the first full biography of Hungarian-born photographer André Kertész, a project she began during a residency at the UCross Foundation.     

Albers has a B.A. in art from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in French literature from Middlebury College. During eight years in Paris, she studied at the Sorbonne and wrote regularly for Le Nouveau Photo-Cinéma, among other publications. Later she earned an M.A. in art history from San Francisco State University, and worked as an administrator and curator at Bay Area museums.  She has taught modern art history, the history of photography, art and politics, and the art history survey.  Albers has lectured at the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Scripps College, Reed College, and the University of Oregon, among other venues.  She is currently teaching Visual Culture and the Writing Workshop. 

Visual Culture is a lower division course focused on the images we all both produce and consume.  This class offers opportunities to think critically and respond meaningfully to the art, photography, time-based media, advertising, design, and built environment that surround us.  It considers images from both the dominant culture and the various sub-cultures as significant social forces.  

Writing Workshop (Art 100W) is an upper division writing course that focuses on types of writing relevant to artists, photographers, art historians, and other visual arts professionals.  The goal is to develop proficiency in the research, reading, and writing strategies students will find useful in their careers.