Roger Crum

Professor
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Visual Arts

Profile

Roger J. Crum is Professor of Art History and Liaison for Global and Intercultural Initiatives at the University of Dayton, where he has held the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages, directed numerous education abroad programs in Italy, and received the Outstanding Teaching Award of the College of Arts and Sciences. A member of CAA since 1987, Crum has chaired the Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award Committee and volunteered several times as a CAA Career Development Mentor to young professionals in art history and studio art. Teaching in the Department of Visual Arts, with colleagues in both studio and art history disciplines, Crum offers courses ranging from introductory surveys and general education courses to upper-level seminars in late medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and modern subjects as well as the history of architecture and art history methodology. He is also a collaborator with the School of Engineering and the School of Business Administration, most recently co-teaching an engineering design seminar and a course on the art of business and the business of art.

A graduate of the University of Michigan and with a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Crum has been a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellow to the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence and a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Crum specializes in Renaissance Florence and modern Italy, but has published as well on the sculpture of Edgar Degas, the religious imagery of Barnett Newman, the photography of the Wright brothers, and the future of the book. His major publications include Donatello Among the Blackshirts: History and Modernity in the Visual Culture of Fascist Italy, co-edited with Claudia Lazzaro (Cornell University Press, 2005), and Renaissance Florence: A Social History, co-edited with John T. Paoletti (Cambridge University Press, 2006). A former President of the Italian Art Society, an affiliate of CAA, Crum is currently working on the international dimensions of Florentine Renaissance art.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the Visual Arts
  • Survey of Art
  • Renaissance Art
  • Baroque Art
  • American Art
  • History of Western Architecture

Degrees

  • B.A., History of Art and History, University of Michigan (1985)
  • M.A. History of Art, University of Michigan, 1986
  • Ph.D. History of Art, University of Pittsburgh, 1992

Professional Activities

  • Former President, Italian Art Society
  • Former Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Selected Publications and Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

Presently working on the international dimensions of Florentine Renaissance art.

Donatello Among the Blackshirts: History and Modernity in the Visual Culture of Fascist Italy, co-edited with Claudia Lazzaro (Cornell University Press, 2005).

Renaissance Florence: A Social History, co-edited with John T. Paoletti (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

PRESENTATIONS

"Let's Be Diplomatic, or Taking a Second Look at Coins (and Medici rule) in the Medici Palace," 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2010.

"Pieces, and yes Masterpieces: The Use of Crying over Spilled Marble in Renaissance Florence," Retirement Symposium for John T. Paoletti, Wesleyan University, 2009.

"Menhir Madonnas: Toward a Cultural Excavation of Street Tabernacles in Florence" College Art Association, Los Angeles, 2009.

"Of Local Fisticuffs and Distant Places: Reconsidering the Working Lives of Florentine Sculptors in and beyond Florence," Sixth Quadrennial Provo/Athens Italian Renaissance Sculpture Conference, Rhodes College and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, 2008.

"The English Cemetery and Historical Reconstruction: Liberating Hiram Powers' Greek Slave to Return to Florence," The Americans in Florence's English Cemetery, Florence, Italy, 2008.

"Variously Drawn and Sheathed: The Sword of Judith between the Private and Public Realms in Renaissance Florence," The Sword of Judith: A Multidisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, New York Public Library, New York, 2008.

"The Afterlife of the Renaissance in Fascist Italy," session chair with Perri Lee Roberts, Renaissance Society of America annual meeting, Miami, 2007.

"Re-examining a National Gift: The Philanthropy of Samuel H. Kress and the Passage of Italian Art into Middle America," College Art Association, New York, 2007.

"Fuori le Mura: Opening up the 'Period Eye' on Florentine Renaissance Art,"symposium in honor of Andrew Ladis, Athens, Georgia, 2006.

Renaissance Art, chair, Midwest Art History Society, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005.

"Travel into Art: A Symposium in Honor of David Wilkins," Symposium organizer and presenter, University of Pittsburgh, 2004.

"Ecco Giovanni Era: Photographic Portraits in Italian Cemeteries," College Art Association, Philadelphia, February, 2002.