Professor of Art History
Tara Zanardi teaches courses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art that consider a wide range of topics, such as art and politics, the development of museums, national identities and cultural representations, fashion, gender, and global exchange. Her expertise and research interests cover the visual and material culture of Spain. She has published articles in The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Dieciocho, Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, and Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, and has written book reviews for CAA-online. She has a forthcoming essay, “Majas and Marcialidad: The Mantilla as ‘Agent’ of Identity” in the anthology, The Gendered Object in the Long Eighteenth Century, eds. Jennifer Germann and Heidi Strobel (Ashgate). Her first book-length manuscript, Majismo and the Pictorial Construction of Elite Identity in Eighteenth-Century Spain, is forthcoming from Pennsylvania State University Press (2015).
She is currently working on a second book-length project, Global Exchange and Tropical Play: Chinería in Spanish Visual and Material Culture for which she received a PSC-CUNY grant to conduct preliminary archival research in Spain in 2013-2014. In this book, she will explore the highly fashionable and ‘exotic’ eighteenth-century decorative mode of chinoiserie in primarily two major sites, the royal palaces of Madrid and Aranjuez. It will be the first in-depth analysis of chinoiserie in Spanish interior design, textiles, and decorative arts.
Zanardi received her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. She has held previous teaching posts at Roger Williams University, Appalachian State University, and the University of Virginia. She has given lectures at conferences for the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and CAA, and recently participated in the symposium, “Fashion Studies Today,” jointly sponsored by the Graduate Center, CUNY and New York University (2012). She has also chaired sessions for the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture. Zanardi has received grants from the Fulbright Program, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and United States, Hunter College’s Presidential Fellowship, PSC-CUNY, and the American Association of University Women.