From the Traditional to the Contemporary

Talks with Fisher@USC

Join us for a conversation on international women artists who use traditional artistic techniques and texts to inspire their contemporary works.

Suzanne Hudson is a historian of modern and contemporary art, joins the faculty of USC after teaching in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois and completing a research fellowship at the Whitney Museum. In addition to her work as an art historian, she is an active critic whose work has appeared in international exhibition catalogues and such publications as Parkett, Flash Art, and Art Journal; she is also a monthly contributor to Artforum.  She is currently working on pieces on Paul Sietsema, Lesley Vance, Jacqueline Humphries, and Rosemarie Trockel. Suzanne’s book, Robert Ryman: Used Paint (MIT Press, 2009), has recently undergone a second hardcover printing. Suzanne is now drafting a manuscript dealing with abstraction and spirituality in 1960s America, as well as finishing Contemporary Art: 1989–Present, co-authored and -edited with Alexander Dumbadze (forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell in 2013) and Painting Now (forthcoming in the Thames & Hudson “World of Art Series” in 2013). Suzanne is the co-founder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank ( and President Emerita and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians (, an affiliate society of the College Art Association.

Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye is a PhD Candidate in the Art History Department at the University of Southern California, where she earned her Master’s degree in Art History in 2009. Her dissertation focuses on contemporary Mexican artists who reinterpret Pre-Columbian visual culture in their work. Her research interests span from late nineteenth-century Mexican casts in U.S. museums to the impact of collecting practices on indigenous communities. She has participated in summer programs in both archaeology and anthropology, and has worked in various museums in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. In addition, she is a Research Assistant for Kaya Press, a non-profit independent publisher for books that address the Asian Diaspora.

Ana Paulina Lee is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at USC. Her dissertation examines the visual cultural and literary representations of the transition period between slavery and indentured servitude in Brazil and Cuba at the end of the 19th century. She is also interested in how these economic and social transitions affected the imperial aesthetics of the Portuguese and Spanish Empires in the Americas.


Suzanne Hudson, Assistant Professor of Art History at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences 


Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Ana Paulina Lee, PhD Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences