Corey Dzenko, PhD

Assistant Professor

PhD, Art History (History of Photography), University of New Mexico

MA, Art History, University of Alabama

BFA, Two-Dimensional Art (Photography), Central Michigan University

Office: Rechnitz Hall, Room 312

Phone: (732) 923-4512



Dr. Dzenko began her academic training in studio arts when she majored in photography for her undergraduate degree. She soon realized that, for her, making art and conducting art historical analyses involve very similar processes. As an art historian, she investigates contemporary art and theory at the intersections of photography, performance, and expanded/new media. Recently a Visiting Fellow in the University of Nottingham’s Department of Art History, Dzenko is drafting a book manuscript about performance photographs in which she examines the identities often assumed to be, and constructed as, “normative” by dominant U.S. culture. Doing so counters the frequent biases in art-related fields, and larger culture, that affords certain identities the privilege of occupying “unmarked” positions. Following this line of study, Dzenko has also begun to research contemporary art in Brazil.

Research Interests:

Contemporary art history and theory; history and theories of photography and expanded/new media; art as an agent of social change; ideologies of identity.

Selected Works:

Scholarly Articles:

“Photographic Moments Inside of Gravity: Kerry Skarbakka Struggles to Right Himself,” in Gravity in Art: Essays on Weight and Weightlessness in Painting, Sculpture, and Photography, ed. Mary Bailey and Elizabeth Edwards (McFarland Press, 2012).

Chief Editor, Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, Vol. 3 (2010).

Book Reviews: “Philip Toledano: Phone Sex,” “Redux Pictures: American Youth,” and “Shelley Calton, Hard Knocks: Rolling with the Derby Girls.” Fraction Magazine (September 2009).

Feature article: “Analog to Digital: The Indexical Function of Photographic Images.” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 37, No. 2 (Sept/Oct 2009): 19-23.

Presentations/Invited Talks:

College Art Association (CAA), Annual Conference, New York, NY (February 2015). Panel co-chair: Making and Being Made: Visual Representation and/of Citizenship. Part I: Contemporary Art; Part II: The Built Environment and Exhibition Practices.

 “1st International Symposium on Men and Masculinities: Identities, Cultures, and Societies.” Initiative for the Critical Study of Masculinities. Izmir, Turkey (September 2014). Paper: “From the Field to the City: Dora Longo Bahia’s Artistic Transgressions.”

Visiting Artists Series. Prague College, Czech Republic (June 2014). Invited speaker. Paper: “Negotiating Normativity: Contemporary Constructed Photographs by Kerry Skarbakka, Nikki S. Lee, and Gregory Crewdson.”

“Skin/Matters: Gendered and Racial Economies of Skin Color.” Symposium at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWAGS), Columbia University (August 2013). Paper: “‘Forever Foreign’: Nikki S. Lee’s The Ohio Project.”

“Art as an Agent of Social Change.” Linfield College Lacroute Art Series (May 2012). Invited participant and speaker. Paper: “The ‘Cruel Optimism’ of Gregory Crewdson’s Suburbs and Suzanne Opton’s Soldiers.”

“Curiouser,” Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) and Mid-America College Art Association joint annual conference. Richmond, VA (October 2010). Paper: “Performance and Photography as Post-postmodernism: The Contemporary Performance-Photographs of Kerry Skarbakka and Paul M. Smith.” Panel: Conversations with Contemporary Artists—Photography (Chair: Vesna Pavlovic).