Peter Fox’s research primarily concerns the art, architecture, and design of turn-of-the-century Europe. He is at work on a dissertation that interprets the vexed efflorescence of Jugendstil in Germany through the lengthy career of designer Bernhard Pankok and his circle. Additional interests include contemporary art that engages with architectural forms, theories of drawing and of ornament, and the varied uses of art and design magazines.
Peter holds a B.A. in art history from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and earned his M.A. from Princeton in 2013. He has been the grateful recipient of grants from the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Dutch Language Union (Nederlandse Taalunie). Along with department graduate student colleagues Erica DiBenedetto, Kristin Poor, and Philip Taylor, he is a co-organizer of the department’s “Framing Practices” contemporary artist workshop series. He also serves as a graduate affiliate of the Program in European Cultural Studies.
His dissertation, tentatively titled “Kunstgewerbe als Erzieher: Bernhard Pankok and Others, 1895–1917,” examines the early careers of Pankok and other prominent Jugendstil designers with respect to changing notions of how visual art should (or should not) relate to processes of education.