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Dr. Irene Kabala

Associate Professor, Art History

Kabala’s research focuses on the way images function together with performative events to enhance viewer experiences in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Parts of visually saturated environments and artworks played a crucial role in defining spatial hierarchies and manipulating audience reactions and movements. Most recently, her interests have turned to miracle-working icons of the Virgin and Child in Poland, which seem to proliferate during times of political and religious crises.

Kabala’s publications include “Art: A Human Experience,” National Social Science Press, forthcoming 2011; “Dressing the Hodegetria in Częstochowa,” Word and Image, special issue, “The Language of the Object: Essays in Honor of Herbert L. Kessler,” eds. Martina Bagnoli and Peter Parshall, 22.3–4 (2006), 275–284; “Speaking Crosses, Silent Banquets: Crucifixes in Medieval Refectories,” in Image Makers and Image Breakers, Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Symposium, St. Michael’s College, ed. J.A. Harris (Ottawa: Legas Books, 2004), 15–26; and “Introduction” in Plakat! Poster Art from Poland, University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, March 15–April 13, 2003, exh. cat., ed. Krzysztof Dydo (Indiana, Pennsylvania, 2003), pp. 5–6.

AOCA (Associate of the Ontario College of Art), Ontario College of Art
BA in Art History, Medieval Studies, Minor in English, University of Toronto
MA from Johns Hopkins University, Specialization: Medieval Art
PhD from Johns Hopkins University, Specialization: Medieval Art
Dissertation: “Medieval Decorated Refectories in France, Italy, and England until 1250,” two Volumes
Thesis Advisor: Herbert L. Kessler

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