May 26 Joslyn Short Courses: Reaction and Resistance in Postwar Art
Online Learning 5-6 pm

Practicing wellness while staying home? Love the luxury of learning about Joslyn’s collections from the comfort of your couch? Be kind to your mind and join us for a new online learning experience, Joslyn Short Courses, presented Tuesdays, May through June, 5-6 pm. Cocktails optional!

Structured as weekly online seminars, our curator-led courses take place in a virtual learning environment. Class sizes are kept small (capped at 20 people) to maximize interaction with the curator, and participants should feel comfortable using the Zoom platform. Each short course is three weeks in duration, and each class will last approximately one hour. These courses are designed for anyone who would like to learn more about art and develop skills for closer looking. No prior knowledge of art history is required.

Reaction and Resistance in Postwar Art
Tuesdays, May 26 – June 9, 5-6 pm
Instructor: Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art

Rashid Johnson (American, born 1977), Untitled Microphone Sculpture , 2018, bronze, ceramic tile, mirror tile, shea butter, black soap, and wax, 60 x 60 x 6 1/8 in. Museum purchase, Baumgarten Art Endowment Fund, 2018.4,

About the Course
The history of art is traditionally thought of as inherently forward-moving along an A then B then C axis. Curators and historians tend to silo objects, artists, and entire movements based on predetermined rules, yet many different art historical narratives reject the concept of a tidy, linear progression. In Joslyn’s Pavilion galleries, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, and Kenneth Noland engage in a seemingly logical and simpatico conversation, yet the true nature of their shared relationships is far more complex. Through the lens of these paintings and other important works from the Museum’s postwar and contemporary collection, this course will frame stories about art in terms of reaction and resistance. From the backlash to Abstract Expressionism and its dominance over American art-making in the mid-twentieth century to more recent responses to racism, gender disparity, and the political landscape, this course will provide an opportunity to interrogate and upend a positivist approach to art history.

About the Curator
Karin Campbell is the Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art at Joslyn Art Museum. Since joining the Museum in 2012, she has curated several major exhibitions, including the traveling survey Sheila Hicks: Material Voices and 30 Americans from the Rubell Family Collection. In addition to overseeing Joslyn’s collection of postwar and contemporary art, Campbell is the principal curator for the Karen and Doug Riley Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, the first space in the Museum’s history dedicated to living artists. Karin holds a BA in Art History and Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.


Space is limited and advance registration is required. Enrollment fee includes sales tax: $50 per 3-week course; Joslyn Members enjoy a 15% discount. Registration fee is non-refundable.

Technical Requirements
Participants will need a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone, and speakers. Connection is via Zoom, a web-based cloud platform, and participants will receive instructions and an invitation to log-in prior to the start of each 3-week course. A test connection prior to each scheduled lesson is encouraged.

For more information please contact Susie Severson, Director of Adult Programs at

Interested in other Joslyn Short Courses this spring?

Neoclassicism to Impressionism, May 5-19, 5-6 pm
Native American Modernism, June 16 - 30, 5-6 pm