Yale University School of Art
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Margaret Olin, Theorist and Art Historian

Ms. Olin received a BA in English Language and Literature in 1968, an MA in Art History in 1977 and a PhD in History of Culture in 1982 from the University of Chicago, with studies between degrees at the Institute of Design, Chicago and the Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt, Vienna. For over two decades, she was Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, she is Senior Research Scholar in the Yale Divinity School. Her published works range widely among areas of visual theory, including photography and film as well as the theory and history of formal analysis, and the ethics of memory, visuality and space. She has been a Fellow at the Getty Research Center and is the recipient of many grants, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is the author or editor of several books including, most recently, the edited volume Monuments and Memory, Made and Unmade, and Touching Photographs, forthcoming. She is co-editor of the journal, Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture. She was appointed critic at the School of Art in 2010.

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