Acting Director, Elizabeth Legge

January 6, 2023 by Sonja Johnston

Professor Alison Keith will be on administrative leave as Director from January 1 to June 30, 2023.  

Professor Elizabeth Legge (Art History) will be Acting Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute during this period. She has been involved with the JHI since its inception as a member of the Advisory Board in 2008–2011, and as a participant in working groups on Masculinities (2014-2015), Toronto’s Urban Imaginaries (2017-2018, co-leader).

Elizabeth Legge has written on Dada, Surrealism, and contemporary Canadian and British art, in journals including Art History, Word and Image, and Representations. She has written books on the Surrealist artist Max Ernst, and on the Canadian artist and film-maker Michael Snow. In 2005 she was a visiting professor at the Humanities Centre at Johns Hopkins University, and she has previously Chaired the Department of Art History.

Selected Publications

  • “Circling the Computational: Jean-François Lyotard and Michael Snow’s La Région Centrale,” in Adam Lauder, ed. Variable Conditions: Para-computational Arts in Canada, 1965-1995 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2023). Forthcoming.
  • “Pulling it out of a hat: Picabia, Lanson, and Man Ray’s cover for Littérature,” Nottingham French Studies, 62:2 (July 2023). Forthcoming.
  • “When Awe turns to ‘awww’:  Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog and the Cute Sublime,” in The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness, Joshua Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre, and Diane Negra eds. (London: Routledge, 2017)
  • “Boring Cool People: Some British Boredoms,” in Boredom Studies: Postdisciplinary Inquiries. Julian Haladyn and Michael Gardiner eds. (London: Routledge, 2016)
  • “Nothing, ventured: Paris Dada into Surrealism,” in David Hopkins ed., Blackwell Companion to Dada and Surrealism (London: Blackwell, 2016) 11,000 words
  • Michael Snow’s Wavelength (London: Afterall/Penguin, 2009)
  • Max Ernst: The Psychoanalytic Sources, Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1989 (Series: “The Avant Garde”, ed. Stephen C. Foster)