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Chris Balaschak: Faculty and Staff

Dr. Chris Balaschak
Associate Professor



Research, Professional and Creative Activity:

• 2016    “Proving Grounds: Artists’ Books in the Wake of Three Mile Island,”chapter in Conflict, Identity and Protest in American Art (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

• 2016    “The Slavic Court: Lewis Hine and Informal Urbanism in Homestead,” chapter in Paper Cities: Urban Portraits in Photographic Books (Leuven: Leuven University Press)

• 2014    International Conference on Urban History, Lisbon, Portugal

• 2013    Flagler College Ideas & Images Series. Paper: “Horses Running Endlessly: Modern Art and Chess"

• 2012    “Planet of the Apes: John Szarkowski, My Lai, and The Animals,” Art Journal (Fall)

• 2011 “New Worlds: Lewis Baltz and a Geography of Aesthetic Decisions” in Reconsidering the New Industrial Parks near Irvine, California by Lewis Baltz, 1974 (Berlin: Sternberg Press)

• 2010    “Between Sequence and Seriality: Landscape photography and its historiography in Anonyme Skulpturen,” Photographies, v. 3, n. 1         

Professional Profile:

Professor Balaschak received his doctoral degree in 2010 from the Ph.D. program in Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine, and his B.A. from New York University in 1998. Dr. Balaschak specializes in the history of photography, contemporary art and visual culture. His research looks at how the reproduction and circulation of photographic images (in exhibitions, print culture, photobooks, and digital media) constructs community and place during the American Cold War, while also attending to the political legacies of social documentary present in these histories. His current project looks at photographic works that responded to changes in the Bay Area's economy and social spaces during the rise of the network society (ca 1970-1990).

Teaching and Related Service:

Courses Taught:

  • Art History II
  • Art History III
  • Visual Culture
  • History of Photography
  • European Modernism I (1840-1907) & II (1907-1940)
  • Art History IV: Special Topics

Previously taught at:

  •  California State University, Long Beach
  •  University of California, Irvine