Jessica L. Horton
|Position:||Assistant Professor, Department of Art History|
|Office:||Old College 308, Newark, DE 19716|
Jessica L. Horton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History. Her courses and publications span the fields of modern and contemporary, American, and Native North American art history while incorporating interdisciplinary theories of space, globalization, diplomacy, and ecology. She underscores the centrality of Indigenous cultures to a global story of modernity, focusing on the transnational and transcultural movement of people, objects, and ideas. Professor Horton’s book, Art for an Undivided Earth: The American Indian Movement Generation, was published by Duke University Press in 2017 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. She has published essays about Indigenous art and activism within the emerging field of ecocritical art history in forums such asArt Journal, Art in America, Third Text, and the Clark Art Institute volume, Ecologies, Agents, and Terrains. Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Research Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, the Social Science Research Council, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, among others.
Professor Horton’s book-in-progress, Earth Diplomacy: Indigenous American Art and Reciprocity in the Global Cold War, examines how longstanding Native American cultures of diplomacy were reinvigorated by a wide array of modern art forms that circulated globally from 1953 to 1973. As of Fall 2018, Professor Horton will be Director of the Curatorial Track PhD in Art History. She is the faculty advisor for “The World is Following Its People”: Indigenous Art and Arctic Ecology, a graduate-student curated exhibition of Inuit and Yup’ik modern art in Old College Galleries at the University of Delaware in Fall 2018. She is helping to design and build an earth-sheltered, solar-powered house in the coastal hills of northern California.