Bibiana Obler is associate professor of art history at George Washington University. Her scholarly interests include modern and contemporary art and craft from the late nineteenth century to the present, with emphases on theories of gender and cross-cultural representation, photography, history of exhibitions, and intellectual history.
She received her MA and PhD in the history of art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her first book, Intimate Collaborations: Kandinsky and Münter, Arp and Taeuber (Yale University Press, 2014) investigates the role of artist couples in the emergence of abstract art. Her second monograph, currently titled Anti-Craft, examines the relation of art and craft in the late twentieth century. Obler’s writing, on topics ranging from Dada cross-stitch to contemporary African art, has been featured in American Art, Art Bulletin, Artforum, caa.reviews, The Journal of Modern Craft, and Sculpture Journal. Her research has been supported by a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University and a James Renwick Fellowship in American Craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others.