Richard Neer

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Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor in Art History, Cinema & Media Studies and the College. Director, Franke Institute for the Humanities
CWAC 259
Ph.D., University of California Berkeley
Research Interests: Godard, Malick, Mizoguchi, Chaplin, Lubitsch; an 'auteurism of technicians'; spiritual exercise and painterly technique in early modern France; technologies of wonder, grace, and spatiality in early Greece and the Indo-Greek kingdoms


Richard Neer works at the intersection of aesthetics, archaeology and the history of art in multiple fields: ancient Greek art, early modern French painting, theories of style, and mid-20th century cinema.  His Ph.D. is from the University of California at Berkeley (1998), his A.B. from Harvard College (1991). He has received fellowships and awards from the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the J. Paul Getty Trust and the American Academy in Rome. His most recent books are Art and Archaeology of the Greek World: A New History, 2500–100 BCE2nd edn. (Thames & Hudson, 2018); Davidson and His Interlocutors, a special issue of Critical Inquiry co-edited with Daniele Lorenzini (Winter 2019); Pindar, Song and Space: Toward a Lyric Archaeology, co-authored with Leslie Kurke (Johns Hopkins, 2019); and an edited volume, Conditions of Visibility (OUP, 2019).  From 2010 to 2018 he was the Executive Editor of Critical Inquiry, where he continues to serve as Co-Editor.  

He is Director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago.


Spring Quarter 2023

CMST 14400: Film and the Moving Image 

Previously taught courses include: Film and Philosophy (CMST 63710), What is Style? (ARTH 40600), Practices of Classicism in the French 17th Century (ARTH 45885), Greek Art & Archaeology (ARTH 14107), The Sacred Gaze: Beholding As A Spiritual Exercise In The European Artistic Tradition (ARTH 41750)