Wendy Smith

Wendy Ligon Smith is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the New Curriculum where she teaches Engaging Aesthetics and Engaging Difference classes. She received her PhD in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Manchester (England) and has lectured, taught, and published in the US, UK, Italy, and Germany. Wendy’s first book (forthcoming with Yale University Press in 2022) examines the work of Spanish-Venetian artist/designer/inventor Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871-1949). The book integrates the artist’s unpublished self-perceptions with new analysis of his work in fashion, theatre design, photography, painting, and collecting. Wendy continues to research and publish on art and visual culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a sustained interdisciplinary interest in the relationship between objects and temporality, history, and memory.