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Professor and Program Coordinator, Art History

Location: VA 190B
Phone: (657) 278 - 7539

Contact the Art Department Office at (657) 278 -3471 for current office hours

Joanna Roche, Professor of Art History, is a specialist in contemporary art. Her courses include Modern Art, Art Since 1945, Theory and Practice in New Media, Methods and Historiography, and the History of Graphic Design. In these classes, students will read primary texts by artists, historians and critics of the period, as well as secondary texts from the art historical literature. Her students should expect to do a substantial amount of reading in theory and writing about it. She also encourages art experiences in the enormous range of museums and galleries available to students in southern California. Professor Roche received her MA and PhD degrees from UCLA in 20th-century art and theory. Her undergraduate degree was in anthropology from Brandeis University. Prior to arriving at CSUF in 2001, Roche was tenure-track faculty at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and before 1998, was part-time faculty at USC and UCI. Her publications include articles and reviews on Joseph Cornell, Goat Island, Carolee Schneemann, Cindy Sherman, Pipilotti Rist, Tom Nechtal, Christian Hill, Joe Forkan and Nobuhito Nishigawara. Her scholarship examines the interworkings of memory and making in contemporary art. Dr. Roche is also a published poet and mother of a teenage daughter.


ART 101, Introduction to Art
ART 312, Modern Art
ART 413, History of Contemporary Art
ART 480T, Selected Topics in Art History
ART 481, Seminar in Art History
ART 511, Seminar on the Content & Method of Art History
ART 512, Seminar on Selected Topics in Art History