241 Center for the Arts
Research Interests: Modern and contemporary visual culture and museum management
Miriam Paeslack is associate professor of modern and contemporary visual culture and arts management at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and Director of Graduate Studies. Her classes address questions of contemporary museum management and curation. They often involve close collaborations with local, national and international communities and museum professionals.
Paeslack’s research spans European and North American urban imagery and culture from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Trained as an art historian and historian of law in Germany, Italy and the United States, she specializes in the analysis of visual representations of urban spaces and concepts of architectural and urban memory, heritage, and cultural identity. She is the author of Berlin im 19.Jahrhundert: Frühe Photographien 1850–1914 (Schirmer/Mosel, 2015); and editor of Ineffably Urban: Imaging Buffalo (Ashgate, 2013). Her essays and research are published in journals, such as Future Anterior, the Journal of Architecture, and Fotogeschichte. Recent essays include “Taking Stock: Chad Ress’s Photographs of the Recovery Act,” in, America Recovered edited by Chad Ress and Jordan Carver (Actar, 2018) and “Aesthetics of Reappearance,” in, Spaces of Uncertainty - Berlin Revisited edited by Kenny Cupers and Marcus Miessen (Birkhäuser, 2018). Her book on photography in fin-de-siècle Berlin, Constructing Imperial Berlin: Photography and the Metropolis is scheduled for publication by University of Minnesota Press in the Fall of 2018.
Her next project, the exhibition and publication titled Photographic Recall: Italian Modernist and Fascist Architecture in Contemporary German Art is concerned with the role of photography in architecture’s relationship with history. It contextualizes critical thought about both the ties of German and Italian fascist histories and today’s re-emergence of authoritarian regimes across Europe. Prior to Buffalo, Paeslack taught in Leipzig, Germany and Oakland, California. She received her PhD (magna cum laude) from the University of Freiburg, Germany.