Rebecca Duclos



Rebecca Duclos



Rebecca Duclos is the Graduate Dean at the School of the Art Instititute of Chicago. She holds a PhD in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Manchester, an MA in Museum Studies and a BA in Classical Studies and Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Toronto, and a B.Ed. in Art Education from York University. She was recently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University in Montréal, and is a past fellow at the Cultural Theory Institute and the Centre for Museology at the University of Manchester. Her research has been supported through funding from the American Association of University Women, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Getty Research Institute, Arts Council England, and the Canada Council.

Prior to her teaching and administrative work in museum studies, art history, and studio art departments at Deakin University, the University of Manchester, and Manchester Metropolitan University, respectively, Duclos held institutional appointments at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Design Exchange, the Textile Museum of Canada, and The Manchester Museum. After completing her tenure as Graduate Director of Studio Arts at Maine College of Art in 2011, Duclos taught in Montréal as a visiting and part-time faculty member in the Art History Department at McGill University and the MFA program in Studio Arts at Concordia University, as well as in Toronto for the Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice MFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.

Recent projects as an independent curator ( 2004-2011) include the Manchester Letherium at Cornerhouse, As Much as Possible in the Time and Space Allotted at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Voir/Noir at the Musée d'art de Joliette, Magnify at the ICA at Maine College of Art, Telepathic Drawing Session at Articule, and In this lack of containment lies a danger but also a power at Skol. Past publications include essays on artists Peter Cripps, Mike Nelson, Janet Cardiff, George Bures Miller, Lyne Lapointe, and Arnaud Maggs, with a catalogue essay on Gisele Amantea forthcoming. In addition to preliminary research focused on the "aesthetics of adjacency," Duclos' on-going project, The Compulsive Browse, focuses on the many para-academic research methods employed by artists, designers, and curators in the preparation of their diverse works.

Image top right: Installation view of As Much as Possible Given the Time and Space Allotted