Faculty and Staff
Hope M. Childers
Assoc Professor Art History
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Harder Hall 428 B
Department: Art History  
Hope M. Childers
PhD: Art History
UCLA, 2011

MA: Art History
Louisiana State University, 2002

BFA: Ceramics
Louisiana State University, 1989

Artist's Statement

With both a research and teaching emphasis on the international encounter between Asia and Europe, I view my work as deeply engaged with the global dimensions of art, particularly from the late 18th century to the present.

The increased mobility of artists, art curators, viewers, and collectors has created intricate, extended, globe-crossing circuits, eroding the conventional boundaries between nations and art historical categories. My courses explore this complex encounter within various art historical contexts, including the global contemporary avant-garde, the history of exhibition and cultural display, and the entanglements between past and present. What is the relationship between exhibitions, museums, art, and identity in an increasingly transnational and interconnected world? What sort of avant-garde has emerged in Asia today? What regional differences remain? What are the implications of an increasingly fluid art world, in which media, technology, nationalism, and global capital all have a role to play? What is the nature of the relationship between enduring traditions and modernity? These are the kinds of questions which structure class discussions and which students pursue in their written work.

My objective is to help students develop an intellectual framework for making sense of an increasingly complex landscape of art in the global sphere. Students learn that such investigations constitute an important part of their own art-making practices.

Current Research
Research Areas

Contemporary Asian art and the global avant-garde

Colonial/postcolonial studies

Art and science

Museum studies

Curating in the global sphere

Research Experience

“Seminar on the Visual Cultures of British India” Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) New Haven, CT (June 2009)Organized by Dr. Gillian Forester (YCBA) and Dr. Tim Barringer (Yale).

“Museology and the Colony” Getty Research Institute/UCLA/JNU Los Angeles, India, Pakistan (2005-2007) Organized by Dr. Saloni Mathur (UCLA) and Dr. Kavita Singh (JNU) Research Associate; fieldwork in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, and Lahore, Pakistan.

“Collecting Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art” Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Los Angeles, CA (Summer 2005) Research Internship.

Classes Taught
Contemporary Asian Art in a Transnational Age

Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art

Introduction to South Asian Art & Architecture

19th-20th Century Modernism in Europe

Exhibiting Cultures: Art & Internationalism since 1851

“From Banyan Tree to Opium Den: Defining Spaces for the Social Consumption of Drugs in 19th-century Indian art” The Pub, The Street, and the Medicine Cabinet: The 6th Biennial Meeting of the Alcohol and Drug History Society, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (June 23-26, 2011)

“Cabinet of Cures: India's Narcotic Drugs on Display during the Victorian Era” 21st European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, Germany (July 26-29, 2010).

“Representing the Labor of Opium in Mid-19th-Century British India” Intoxicants and Intoxication in Cultural and Historical Perspective, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (July 20-22, 2010).

“Figuring Addiction in the Colonial Context: Images of Opium Use in British India” New Perspectives in South Asian Research, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (April 11-12, 2008).

“The Visual Culture of Opium in British India, circa 1750-1912” Mephistos, History of Science Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (April 6-8, 2007).

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
2009: Yale Center for British Art Summer Seminar Award: British India, YCBA

2005-2008: Edward A. Dickson Doctoral Fellowship, UCLA

2008: Getty Dissertation Workshop Award, Getty Research Institute

2006: Center for the Study of Women Research Travel Grant, UCLA

2006: McGinn Memorial Award

2005: Lenart Internship, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2004: UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship and Travel Award