Christine Nguyen. © 2010 J. Paul Getty Trust
- Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2008
- M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2002
- B.A. Reed College, 2000
Sarah Hamill teaches courses in the histories of modern and contemporary art. Her introductory surveys include courses in nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century art. Advanced courses focus on the history of photography; sculpture and its photographic and cinematic mediations; contemporary photography and the archive; and the genealogies of minimalism and site-specific art. Her students have developed creative online platforms for their writing. Students in ARTS 431, Fall 2012, wrote an online exhibition catalogue for an Allen Memorial Art Museum exhibition, Hybrid Images: The Photography of Sculpture, 1860 to 1990. Students in ARTS 404, Spring 2012, published their notes and photographs from a class trip to Marfa, Texas.
Hamill’s research explores the intersections between sculpture and photography, and the politics of display. She is the author of an article on contemporary photography and sculpture, published in Camerawork in 2009; an essay on the photography of David Smith, published in David Smith Invents (Yale Press, 2011); a monograph on the artist, David Smith: Works. Writings. Interviews (Ediciones Polígrafa, 2011); and an article on Smith’s color slide transparencies and the problem of polychrome sculpture (Getty Online Publications, 2011). She is completing a manuscript titled David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography and the Matter of Sculpture (under advanced contract with the University of California Press), the first book-length study of Smith’s photography. With Megan Luke, she is also preparing a manuscript that considers the role of the photography of sculpture in the writing of art history, aesthetics, and media theory. Other projects include a series of essays on contemporary photography, sculpture, and materiality. Hamill has presented her research at, among other venues, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2009-2010 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute.
ARTS 373 History of Photography
ARTS 431 Sculpture and Photography
ARTS 200 Approaches to Western Art
ARTS 374 Art in France and Britain of the Long Nineteenth Century