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Marco Deyasi


Office: AAS 122C
Phone: (208) 885-7028
Email: mdeyasi@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Art and Design program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, ID 83844-2471

College of Art & Architecture
Art and Design program
Assistant Professor

Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
With UI Since 2008


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Primitivism in modern art
    • The cultural politics of modern art
    • Spiritualism and theosophy in modern art
    • Contemporary art
    • Critical theory
    • Museum studies
    • Historiography
  • Biography
    Marco Deyasi is the art historian at the University of Idaho. He teaches modern and contemporary art, critical theory, and visual studies. His research focuses on the reception of Vietnamese and Cambodian art and culture in France, especially via the interplay between politicized modernism and colonial ideology. He is working on a book, Modern Primitives and Primitive Moderns: French Visual Culture and "Indochina".
  • Research Projects
    • “Angkor Wat in Blue, White and Red: Georges Groslier, 'Greater France,' and the 1931 Colonial Exposition in Paris” Western Society for French History annual meeting, Banff, Alta., October 2012 “Rodin, Bourdelle, Maillol, and the Cultural Politics of Classicism and Colonialism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” College Art Association annual conference, Los Angeles, February 2012.
    • “Community Without Borders: Symbolism, Theosophy, and Anti-Colonialism in France, 1880-1910,” Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium, University of Idaho, January 2012.
    • “ ‘The Friezes of Angkor Came Alive Before my Eyes’: Auguste Rodin, the Royal Cambodian Dancers, and the French Colonial State,” Washington State University, October 2011
    • “Rodin, Bourdelle, Maillol, and the Cultural Politics of Classicism and Colonialism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” College Art Association annual conference, Los Angeles, Feburary 2012.
    • “Community Without Borders: Symbolism, Theosophy, and Anti-Colonialism in France, 1880-1910,” Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium, University of Idaho, January 2012.
    • “ ‘The Friezes of Angkor Came Alive Before my Eyes’: Auguste Rodin, the Royal Cambodian Dancers, and the French Colonial State,” Washington State University, October 2011
    • “Resistance Begins at Home: Anticolonialism and Visual Culture” panel co-chaired with Patricia Leighten, College Art Association annual conference, New York, February 2011
    • “Ethnographic Sculpture and the Complexities of Race” presented at the College Art Association annual conference, Chicago, February 2010
    • “French Art and Colonialism: Indochine in the Work of Auguste Rodin and Théodore Rivière,” presented at the French Colonial Historical Society annual conference, San Francisco, May 2009
    • “Rodin and the cambodgiennes: Symbolism, Primitivism, and Colonialism in Rodin's 1906 Drawings of the Cambodian Ballet,” presented at the Mid-Atlantic Symposium, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, April 2005
  • Awards and Honors
    • Seed Grant, University of Idaho, 2011-2012
    • Residential fellowship, The Camargo Foundation, 2006
    • Chateaubriand Fellowship, Government of France, 2005-2006
    • Boone International Travel Research Fellowship, Duke University, 2005
    • Dissertation Fellowship for Advanced Students, Duke University, 2003
    • Kress Travel Fellowship, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 2003
    • Doctoral fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2001–03