Marni Reva Kessler

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - History of Art
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Spencer Museum of Art
Room 234
University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


Teaching Interests

  • 19th-century European art and visual culture
  • Art History Theory and Methodology
  • Portraiture

Research Interests

  • 19th-century French visual culture
  • Gender, fashion studies, urbanism, food studies.

Selected Publications

Kessler, M. R. (in press). Beyond the Shadow of the Veil: Claude Monet's The Beach at Trouville. In H. Brevik-Zender (Ed.), Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality: from Rousseau to Art Déco.

Kessler, M. R. (2018). Édouard Manet's Ham and Suzanne's Lost Body in Edgar Degas' Salon. Contemporary French Civilization, 42(3-4), 279-300. http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/doi/pdf/10.3828/cfc.2017.18

Kessler, M. R. (2016). Edgar Degas’s Princess Pauline de Metternich and the Phenomenological Swirl. In K. Brown (Ed.), Perspectives on Degas (pp. 135-150). Routledge Press.

Kessler, M. R. (2015). Gustave Caillebotte's Food. National Gallery of Art website. http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/features/considering-caillebotte/considering-caillebotte-marni-kessler.html

Kessler, M. R. (2015). Linda Nochlin. Brooklyn Rail

Kessler, M. R. (2014). Parsing Edgar Degas's Le Pédicure. Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, 13(2). http://www.19thc-artworldwide.org/index.php/autumn14/kessler-on-parsing-edgar-degas-le-pedicure

Kessler, M. R. (2008). Antoine Vollon: Rendering Butter. Dix-Neuf: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, 10, 12-24.

Kessler, M. R. (2006). Ocular Anxiety and the Pink Tea Cup: Edgar Degas's Woman with Bandage. Nineteenth-Century Art WorldWide, 5(2), unpaginated.

Kessler, M. R. (2006). Dusting the Surface: the Veil, the Bourgeoise, and the City Grid. In A. d'Souza & T. McDonough (Eds.), The Invisible Flâneuse?: Gender, Public Space, and Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris (pp. 49-64). Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Kessler, M. R. (2006). Sheer Presence: The Veil in Manet's Paris, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Kessler, M. R. (2005). Filters and Pathologies: Caillebotte and Manet in Haussmann's Paris. Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 27(3), 245-268.

Kessler, M. R. (1999). Unmasking Manet's Morisot. Art Bulletin, LXXXI(3), 473-489.

Kessler, M. R. (1991). Restructuring Relationships: Berthe Morisot's Edma Series. Woman's Art Journal, 12(1), 24-28.

Selected Presentations

Kessler, M. R. (06/08/2017 - 06/09/2017). Mapping Oranges, Berries, Pears, and Grapes: Gustave Caillebotte’s Fruit Displayed on a Stand . European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art. Museum Aan de Stoom

Kessler, M. R. (04/30/2017). Gustave Caillebotte’s Fruit Displayed on a Stand and the Urban Grid. Food and Architecture Symposium, French Department, Vassar College. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Kessler, M. R. (04/30/2017). Materializing Veils and the Condition of Seeing in Degas’s Thee Women at the Races. Degas, Impressionism, and the Millinery Trade Exhibition Symposium, Saint Louis Art Museum. Saint Louis Art Museum

Kessler, M. R. (02/28/2017). Degas, Photography, and Restoration, or Staging Manet's Ham. College Art Association. New York

Kessler, M. R. (10/27/2016 - 10/29/2016). Ingredients: Édouard Manet's Fish (Still Life). Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association. Brown University

Kessler, M. R. (10/20/2016). The Raw Material of Édouard Manet's Fish (Still Life). Art History Department, University College London

Kessler, M. R. (10/17/2016). Considering Oysters, Butter, Peaches, and a Ham: Representing Food in Late 19th-Century French Visual Culture. Cambridge University

Kessler, M. R. (07/31/2016). Degas, Monotype, and Veils Phenomenologically. Museum of Modern Art, "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty" Study Evening. New York

Kessler, M. R. (04/15/2016 - 04/17/2016). About Face: Skin and Veils in Claude Monet’s The Beach at Trouville. Society of Dix-Neuviémistes. Paris, France

Kessler, M. R. (11/30/2015). Facing Camille in Claude Monet's The Beach at Trouville. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association. Princeton University

Kessler, M. R. (07/05/2015 - 07/08/2015). Beyond the Shadow of the Veil. "Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality" colloquium of ten invited scholars; sponsored by the Borchard Foundation. Missillac, France

Kessler, M. R. (10/01/2014 - 10/31/2014). Édouard Manet's The Ham in Edgar Degas' Study. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association. University of Puerto Rico, San Juan Puerto Rico

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2013). Blurring Time and Space: Edgar Degas’s Portrait of Pauline de Metternich 1861. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, University of Richmond
. Richmond, VA

Kessler, M. R. (03/31/2013). Deprivation and Temporality in Claude Monet's Jar of Peaches 1866. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2012). Preservation and Poverty in Claude Monet's Jar of Peaches. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2011). On the Grid: Gustave Caillebotte's Fruit Displayed on a Stand. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA

Kessler, M. R. (01/31/2011). Edgar Degas' Family Gaze: Re-Reading Le Pédicure. Art History Department, McGill University. Montreal, Canada

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2010). Approaching the Condition of the Photographic: Edgar Degas' New Orleans Paintings. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, Yale University. New Haven, CT

Kessler, M. R. (03/31/2010). Touching Family: Edgar Degas' Le Pédicure. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, UT Austin.

Kessler, M. R. (02/28/2010). Friction and Contradiction in Edgar Degas' Le Pédicure. College Art Association. Chicago, IL

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2009). Degas in New Orleans: Touching, Feeling, and Le Pédicure. Art History Department, Tulane University. New Orleans, LA

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2008). The Chiropodist in the House: Edgar Degas' Le Pédicure. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN

Kessler, M. R. (06/30/2008). The Chiropodist in the House: Edgar Degas' Le Pédicure. New York Academy of Medicine. New York, NY

Kessler, M. R. (04/30/2008). The Face of Fashion in Second Empire Paris. George Washington University Center for Global Humanities symposium, "Interpreting Fashion". Washington DC

Kessler, M. R. (02/28/2008). Antoine Vollon and the Perversion of Butter. College Art Association. Dallas, TX

Kessler, M. R. (11/30/2007). Making Up in Manet's Paris and the Ideal Bourgeois Visage. French and Italian Department, Fordham University. Bronx, NY

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2007). Decapitation, the Uncanny, and Antoine Vollon's Mound of Butter. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, University of Alabama. Mobile, AL

Kessler, M. R. (09/30/2007). Impressionism and Modernity: Berthe Morisot. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City, MO

Kessler, M. R. (04/30/2007). Excavation and Accretion in Charles Marville's Paris Photographs. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Kessler, M. . (02/28/2007). “Anxiety and the Creole Feminine: Edgar Degas’s Woman with a Bandage” . James. E. Seaver Lecture on Continuing Issues in Western Civilization, Humanities and Western Civilizations Program, University of Kansas .

Kessler, M. R. (12/31/2006). Unmasking Manet's Morisot. French Department, North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC

Kessler, M. . (11/30/2006). “Unmasking Manet’s Morisot” and “Ocular Anxiety and the Pink Tea Cup: Edgar Degas’s Woman with Bandage”
. Missouri Southern State University.

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2006). Ocular Anxiety and the Pink Tea Cup: Edgar Degas's Woman with Bandage. Burke Lecture, Art History Department, Indiana University. Indianapolis, IN

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2006). Regarding the Orient: The Universal Exhibition and the Gendered Gaze. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, Indiana University. Indianapolis, IN

Kessler, M. . (10/31/2006). “Elizabeth Bishop, Poem, and Me” . Spencer Museum of Art, “Art into Art” Program.

Kessler, M. R. (02/28/2006). Paris in Ruins. College Art Association. Boston, MA

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2005). Lipstick Traces: Matière as Maquillage in Manet's Woman Reading. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, UT Austin.

Kessler, M. R. (04/30/2005). The Screen and the SurFace. New England Modern Languages Association. Cambridge, MA

Kessler, M. R. (02/28/2005). Veils, Dust, and Seduction in Haussmann's Paris. Vassar College. Poughkeepsie, NY

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2004). Painting Power: Mary Cassatt's Girl Arranging Her Hair. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, University of Missouri. St. Louis

Kessler, M. R. (04/30/2004). The Pink Tea Cup: Re-Reading Degas's Woman with Bandage. French Department, George Washington University. Washington DC

Kessler, M. R. (11/30/2003). To Know a Veil in Haussmann's Paris. Brigham Young University Art History Graduate Student Symposium. Provo, UT

Kessler, M. R. (10/31/2003). An Eye on the Evidence: Degas's Woman with Bandage 1872-3. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, University of Arizona.

Kessler, M. R. (07/31/2003). Face to Face: Colonial Encounters at the French Universal Exhibition of 1889. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association. London UK

Kessler, M. R. (11/30/2002). The Flâneuse, the Veil, and the Parisian Grid

. Hall Center for the Humanities Gender Seminar .

Kessler, M. R. (10/24/2002 - 10/26/2002). Unveiling Desire in Edgar Degas's At the Races. Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, Ohio University. Columbus, OH

Kessler, M. R. (04/30/2002). Édouard Manet and the Invention of Avant-Garde Orientalist Painting. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, George Mason University.

Kessler, M. R. (02/28/2001). The flâneuse at the gap. College Art Association. Chicago, IL

Kessler, M. R. (06/30/2000). Girders and Grids in Gustave Caillebotte's Le pont de l'Europe. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Université de Paris VII. Nanterre, France

Kessler, M. R. (04/30/1999). Unmasking Manet's Morisot. Art History Department, Southern Connecticut Community College. New Haven, CT

Kessler, M. R. (03/31/1998). Disguise, Desire, and the Woman Impressionist. Art History Department, Ramapo College. New Jersey


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