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Fairbanks Hall

Fairbanks Hall 213

220 NW 26th Street

220 NW 26th Street
Corvallis, OR 97331
Credentials: 
MA and PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester
Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies, the Susan B. Anthony Center for Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Rochester
MFA in Art and Critical Studies, California Institute of the Arts
Bachelor's in Fine Art, the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland
Honors and Awards: 

Peltomäki’s research has been funded by a Fulbright grant, a Henry Moore Institute fellowship, the Academy of Finland, and numerous grants by Oregon State University. 

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Biography

Kirsi Peltomäki is a contemporary art historian with a focus on experiential and participatory art, ranging from sculpture, conceptual art and institutional critique to adaptations of craft, relational aesthetics, and installation art.

Peltomäki’s recent publications include the book Situation Aesthetics: The Work of Michael Asher (The MIT Press, 2010). She has published articles in the journals Art Journal, Afterimage, and Tacet: Experimental Music Review as well as in anthologies Paradigmen der Kunstbetrachtung: Aktuelle Positionen der Rezeptionsäesthetik und Museumpädagogik (Peter Lang, 2015) and Sowohl als auch Dazwischen: Erfahrungsräume der Kunst (Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2015). She is currently completing two major research projects: an edited collection of Michael Asher’s texts, Public Knowledge: Selected Writings by Michael Asher (forthcoming from The MIT Press in 2019) and a study of the experiential turn in architectural sculpture in the 1970s.

At OSU
Affiliated with: 
Art Department
Courses Taught: 

ART 206: Introduction to Art History – Western

ART 364: Nineteenth-Century Art

ART 365: Modern Art, 1900-1945

ART 366: Art since 1945

ART 367: History of Design

ART 462/562: Directions and Issues in Contemporary Art (various topics)

ART 464/564: Cultural Studies of the Museum

ART 469/569: Methods and Theory of Art History

Research/Career Interests: 

Kirsi Peltomäki is a contemporary art historian with a focus on experiential and participatory art, ranging from sculpture, conceptual art and institutional critique to adaptations of craft, relational aesthetics, and installation art.

Peltomäki’s recent publications include the book Situation Aesthetics: The Work of Michael Asher (The MIT Press, 2010). She has published articles in the journals Art Journal, Afterimage, and Tacet: Experimental Music Review as well as in anthologies Paradigmen der Kunstbetrachtung: Aktuelle Positionen der Rezeptionsäesthetik und Museumpädagogik (Peter Lang, 2015) and Sowohl als auch Dazwischen: Erfahrungsräume der Kunst (Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2015). She is currently completing two major research projects: an edited collection of Michael Asher’s texts, Public Knowledge: Selected Writings by Michael Asher (forthcoming from The MIT Press in 2019) and a study of the experiential turn in architectural sculpture in the 1970s.