Affiliated Faculty, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Jaleh Mansoor teaches modern and contemporary art history with an emphasis on Post WWII European Art.  Her areas of interest, in addition to art and its histories, include Formalism, Marxist Feminism, Frankfurt School Theory and art as technology.

Jaleh Mansoor is an associate professor of Art History at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where she teaches modern and contemporary art history with an emphasis on Post WWII European Art.  Her areas of interest, in addition to art and its histories, include Formalism, Marxist Feminism, Frankfurt School Theory and art as technology. Mansoor’s first monographic book, Marshall Plan Modernism: Italian Postwar Abstraction and the Beginnings of Autonomia was published by Duke UP in 2016. She has written extensively for various journals, magazines and art institutions including October, Art Margins, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Camera Austria, Texte zur Kunst, Dia, The VAG and in numerous edited volumes. She co-edited an anthology of essays addressing Jacques Rancière’s articulations of politics and aesthetics entitled Communities of Sense: Rethinking Aesthetics and Politics (Duke UP, 2010).

Her current primary project entitled Universal Prostitution: A Counter History of Abstraction Crossing Modernism, 1888-2008 is in contract with Duke University Press.  It traces the historical and structural entwinement of aesthetic and real (or concrete) abstraction — defined as the extraction of labor power valorized by transactional exchange on the market— over 20th C art to offer a comprehensive account of the political economic forces that motivated modernist abstraction and the advent of post-humanism.

Jaleh Mansoor – Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (ubc.ca)