Megan Heuer

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Megan Heuer

Modern and Contemporary


Megan Heuer studies modern and contemporary art and histories of and theories of modernism. Her research interests include intersections of film and visual arts, psychoanalysis and psychologies of perception, the history and aesthetics of technology, and contemporary uses of Marxist theory. She holds a B.A. in women’s and gender studies from Yale and an M.A. in art history from Columbia. Megan has received fellowships from the New Museum in New York (2011-13) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2013-14). She currently works as the Director of Public Programs and Public Engagement at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Current Research

Her dissertation, titled “A New Realism: Fernand Léger 1918–1931,” considers Léger’s engagements with the effects of modern media and technologies in the 1920s. Broadly conceived, the project revolves around transformations of painting and other kinds of images in the 1920s through social, technological and aesthetic shifts emerging from cubism, cinema, and World War I.

Selected Publications

“Le Pragmatisme de Léger,” in Fernand Léger: Reconstruire le réel, 1924–46, exhibition catalogue, ed. Diana Gay (Musée national Fernand Léger and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, 2014).

“Digital Effects,” Art in America 101.8 (September 2013).

“A Shimmering Analog Memory: Artists’ Films in Pixelvision,” (April 2013).

“Ca. 1993,” in NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, exhibition catalogue, ed. Massimilano Gioni, et al. (New Museum, 2013).

“On Bachelor Machines,” in Ghosts in the Machine, exhibition catalogue, ed. Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari (New Museum, 2012).

Charlotte Perriand 1903–1999: De la photographie au design and Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay,” (June 2012).

Selected Talks

“Stage Screen Spectacle: Léger, Kiesler, and the Making of L’inhumaine” at “Reconsidering Paris in the 1920s: Fernand Léger in an Expanded Context,” the Fifth Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium, Philadelphia Museum of Art/University of Pennsylvania, November 16-17, 2013.

“Plastic Cinema: The Close-up in Ballet Mécanique,” at the Media + Modernity Colloquium, Princeton University, November 15, 2011.

“At War With Abstraction: Léger and Cubism in the 1920s” at the panel “The Afterlife of Cubism,” organized by Paul Galvez and Kate Butler, at the 2011 College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 9, 2011.