241 Center for the Arts
Research Interests: Miriam Paeslack’s specializes in the analysis of visual representations of urban spaces and concepts of architectural and urban memory, heritage, and cultural identity. Trained as an art historian and historian of law in Germany, Italy and the United States, her research spans European and North American urban imagery and visual culture as well as curatorial and institutional practices from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.
Paeslack is the author of Constructing Imperial Berlin: Photography and the Metropolis (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) on photography in fin-de-siècle Berlin; and editor of Ineffably Urban: Imaging Buffalo (Ashgate, 2013) on the visual experience and historic memorialization of Buffalo, NY. 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, 2019) and “Aesthetics of Reappearance,” in, Spaces of Uncertainty - Berlin Revisited edited by Kenny Cupers and Marcus Miessen (Birkhäuser, 2018). She is associate professor of modern and contemporary visual culture and arts management at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Her exhibition project Photographic Recall: Italian Rationalist Architecture in Contemporary German Art, was on view at the UB Anderson Gallery in the spring of 2019. It was concerned with the interpretive role of architectural and urban photography in the process of Germany’s processing of its fascist past. Paeslack is currently working on an essay on recent exhibition projects and the memory of totalitarianism in Germany.