Smithsonian honors visualization prof for essay on minimalist artist

Susanneh Bieber

An essay spotlighting prominent artist and critic Donald Judd’s use of sculpture and prose to elevate architecture in his hometown, Kansas City, earned its author, Susanneh Bieber, Texas A&M assistant professor of visualization, recognition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In selecting Bieber’s essay for the museum’s 2017 Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize, contest jurors called it “a novel contribution rooting Judd’s minimalist aesthetic in a populist Midwestern context” with a “very methodically and cleverly built” argument.

Judd (1928-1994), one of the nation’s foremost postwar artists, is a major figure in the Minimal Art movement, which emphasizes materiality instead of overt symbolism or emotional content.

Bieber, a German national, is the seventh winner of the Terra Foundation prize, which recognizes new findings and original perspectives of historical American art by non-U.S scholars.

The essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of American Art, the Smithsonian’s peer-reviewed journal for new scholarship.

Bieber studies modern and contemporary American art in an international context, with a particular focus on the relationship between art, architecture and the built environment.

Before earning a Ph.D. in art history in 2012 at Freie Universität Berlin, she curated collections at the Tate Modern in London and the Fresno Metropolitan Museum in California.

Bieber is working on two books: “Construction Sites: American Artists Engage the Built Environment, 1960– 75,” and a book focusing on American Regionalism in art, architecture and urban planning.


Richard Nira


posted July 10, 2017