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Conor Lauesen

Conor Lauesen

About

I am currently a third year student in the Art History program. I come to Art History by way the History Department at Yale, as well as a number of years studying in Vietnam. I have been humbled and fortunate to work closely with Alex Nemerov over the past many years. My work tends to focus primarily on American painting and photographs. Topics of interest often also address issues of the melancholic, moments of historical rupture, and the pathos of trauma. This past spring I worked on two exciting papers: the first project looked at issues of masculinity, celebrity culture and the ocean in the work of Jackson Pollock and Ernest Hemingway. The other paper juxtaposed two different American artists: Marin Johnson Heade—a painter, and Sarah Orne Jewett—a short story writer. I investigated the worldscape of flowers in their respective 19th century work. Specifically, I explored the aesthetic categories of smallness, slowness and nearness. I am interested in larger questions of history, erasure, and memory: What is an historical imagination? How do writing, language and memory dovetail in art historical scholarship? Where can we discover an empathetic and impassioned voice when engaging with the past? My most recent project focused on issues of Civil War photography, silent sounds, and anatomical fragmentation. I am writing my dissertation on a photograph taken in June of 1963.