Delanie J. Linden is a Ph.D. candidate in the History, Theory + Criticism of Art and Architecture program at MIT. She is interested in the history of color in Chinese and French paintings in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Linden is also a Graduate Resident Tutor living with and mentoring MIT undergraduate students in New Vassar House on MIT's campus. She currently teaches recitation for students in "Modern Art/Mass Culture" (Fall 2023).
Her dissertation, “Other Colors: Chroma, Chemistry, & the Orient in Nineteenth-Century French Painting,” chaired by Prof. Kristel Smentek, examines the central role of color in French Orientalist painting produced during a period of innovations in colorant chemistry between c. 1750 until the aniline dye revolution in Paris in 1858. She is currently a fellow at the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry. She was an Open-Research Award Fulbright Fellow in Paris, France hosted by Charlotte Guichard, Professor of Art History at the École normale supérieure (See MIT's News Story Here!) and also an Institut Français d'Amérique Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellow.
Linden's research has been peer-reviewed and published in The Getty Research Journal, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, and Refract, and featured by The Art Newspaper, SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, CNN, and others. She has two forthcoming edited-volume chapters on the ‘chromatic turn’ of early nineteenth-century French painting, in which she situates her research's chronological scope at the dawn of what Chromotope scholars have termed the 'chromatic turn' of the mid-nineteenth century. She has presented her work at the École normale supérieure, SECACS, ASOR, Rice University, Harvard, University of Cambridge, and numerous others, and has received funding support as an MIT Presidential Fellow, a Decorative Arts Trust research grant awardee, and an SMU art history scholarship recipient. Linden was awarded a CAMIT grant for her portraiture biometrics project.
Prior to MIT, Linden received an M.A. in art history at Southern Methodist University (advisor Amy Freund) and degrees in neuroscience and art history at the University of Michigan (advisor Susan Siegfried). At Michigan, her scientific research examined the effects of endocrine disrupters (Bisphenol-A) on sexually dimorphic brain regions of sheep. In her art history coursework, she was drawn to early modern artistic engagement with philosophies of the senses. She has since sought to forge her dual interests in science and art throughout her Ph.D. at MIT. Her art history course “Art & Perception in Eighteenth- & Nineteenth-Century Europe,” advised by MIT professor Caroline A. Jones, explores philosophies of perception and art history. Her publication, “The Future of Women is the Future of the Nation,” (Getty Winter 2022), advised by Professor Ewa-Lajer Burcharth (Harvard), examines the confluence of art and gender. Linden was also a research assistant for the laboratory Chromotope (2022), comprised of a team of scholars from around the globe whose research centers on color.
Linden’s academic service extends well beyond her career as a researcher. Her passions include mentorship, teaching, feminist activism, and graduate student professional advising:
- Linden is a current Graduate Residential Tutor for New Vassar House at MIT, where she mentors MIT undergraduate students and organizes study breaks.
- She co-founded the datafeminist curatorial collective Women21stCentury, which was awarded support by the EU Commission’s STARTs in Motion program. In 2021, Linden was invited to speak at Ars Electronica, where she co-moderated three workshops on “Activating the Archive,” and at Agora Digital Art, in which she led a series of panel discussions on AI gender bias with curators and contemporary artists.
- She has been a teaching assistant for numerous MIT and SMU courses and led recitation sessions for Professor Mark Jarzombek’s “Global Architecture” Spring 2021 course.
- She also writes a curatorial blog for MIT’s Out of Frame, which curates images and ideas about art and architecture centered on a weekly theme.
- She was also a CAPD fellow at the MIT Career Advising & Professional Development center, in which she created resources, lead workshops, and advised students about careers.
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