Sarah Mirseyedi

Sarah Mirseyedi

Nineteenth-Century European and American Art

Sarah Mirseyedi studies nineteenth-century painting, print, and photography, with a focus on the intersections between traditional artistic media and mass image culture. She is currently working on a dissertation project that considers how the invention of mechanical and photomechanical print processes in late-nineteenth century France provided a model for the restructuring and reorganization of artistic labor across various fields of practice, including avant-garde painting.

Related research interests include the history of science and technology in the nineteenth century, the history and discourse of the French Academy, globalism in art history, and the aesthetics of travel. While at Williams, she was awarded the Clark Graduate Summer Fellowship prize for her qualifying paper, which explored a group of paintings the artist John Singer Sargent produced during a trip to Morocco and their relationship to travel photography. Before attending Harvard, she served as Visiting Lecturer in Art at Williams College from 2013-14.

At Harvard, she has served as Teaching Fellow for the undergraduate art history methods tutorial (Fall 2016), and the general education course The Art of Looking (Spring 2017).

Her recent publications include short essays in Drawing: Invention of a Modern Medium (2017), edited by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth Rudy; “Aesthetic Innovation and Conditions of Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Iran,” in An Album of Artists’ Drawings from Qajar Iran (2017), edited by David Roxburgh; and an article on early halftone technology in the United States, entitled “Side by Side: The Halftone’s Visual Culture of Pragmatism,” published in the August 2017 issue of History of Photography.

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