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UCR Art History Professor Wins Guggenheim

UCR Art History Professor Wins Guggenheim

(April 20, 2000)

Amelia Jones, professor of art history at the University of California, Riverside, earned two prestigious academic grants in April, one from the Guggenheim Foundation and another from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"It's an embarrassment of riches, that's true," she said of grants that will further her research into the artists in New York in the early 1900s.

Jones, who arrived at UCR in 1991, heard first about the $24,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will allow her to pursue research during Winter and Spring of the coming school years.

A few weeks later, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow, one of 182 appointed from across North America by the New York-based John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. It places her in an elite academic circle. That grant, for $34,000, will allow her freedo m for research, but she will postpone that research until 2002, to give herself time back on campus between grants.

"I want to be fair to my students," she said. "I don't want to just disappear for the next two years."

Jones' next book focuses on a group of artists living in New York City during World War I, retrospectively called "New York Dada." That group includes expatriate artists Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, the Baroness von Freytag Loringhoven, and the Americ an Man Ray.

Jones said she is drawn to artists from periods of great transformation. For that reason she also studies artists from the 1960s and '70s. "They are both periods of social upheaval where artists are crossing a lot of boundaries," she said, whether those boundaries are between genders, ethnicities or moral codes. "It's all about creative revolt."

Jones earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her 1994 book, "Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp" won the Distinguished Humanist Achievement Award at UC Riverside. A second book, "Body Art/Performing the Subject," is available from the University of Minnesota Press. Last year she co-edited, with Andrew Stephenson, the anthology, "Performing the Body/Performing the Text."

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