Delanie Linden

Delanie Linden is a PhD candidate in art history at MIT. She researches the history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art and has long been fascinated by the historical intersections of art, science, and colonialism. Her dissertation "Other Colors: Color, Chemistry, & the Orient" questions the impact of vivid and contrasting color schemes of the so-called "Orient" on French Orientalist painting and French aesthetic, pedagogical, and industrial shifts from 1780 to 1858. She argues that the broader world of color - from colorant chemistry and global trade to textile production and color theory - permits a more expansive view of color’s meaning and reception in early nineteenth-century French painting. Linden holds a BA in Art History and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and an MA in Art History from SMU. She has worked as a curatorial intern at the UM Museum of Art and the DeGolyer Library, and has spent many years training and teaching oil painting and portraiture. She intends to become a Professor of Art History.

Areas of Interest
Art and Technology, Feminism, Fine Arts, Gender Studies, Globalization, Historiography, Orientalism, Postcolonialism, Theory of Art, Visualization


2016 - 2018
MA Art History, Southern Methodist University
2010 - 2014
BA Art History and Neuroscience, University of Michigan

Academic Experience

2021 - 2021
Teaching Assistant: 4.605, MIT, Global Architecture , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2020 - 2020
Teaching Assistant: 4.661, Methods of Art & Architectural History , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2020 - 2020
Teaching Assistant: 4.241J, The Making of Cities , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional Experience

2017 - 2018
Curatorial Intern of Photographs, Southern Methodist University DeGolyer Library
2013 - 2014
Curatorial Intern of Prints, University of Michigan Museum of Art
2013 - 2013
Marketing and Public Relations Intern, Laguna Art Museum


2021 - 2021
Research Grant, Decorative Arts Trust
2021 - 2021
Grant Recipient for “(Re)Drafting Biometrics: Portraiture and the Art of Race”, MIT Council for the Arts (CAMIT)
2020 - 2020
HTC Language Grant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2019 - 2021
Royal-Anderson Fund Recipient for Pre-Dissertation Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2018 - 2018
MIT Avalon Grant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2017 - 2017
Cary M. McGuire Fellowship, Southern Methodist University