A conversation with Daniela Bleichmar and Vanessa Schwartz.
Daniela Bleichmar is assistant professor of art history and history at USC. Trained as a cultural historian of early modern science, Bleichmar specializes in the history of visual culture and the natural sciences in Europe and the Spanish Americas in the period 1500-1800. She integrates multiple fields in her scholarship, focusing on the production and uses of visual material in science, the history of collecting and display, the history of the book, and the history of the Spanish empire. Her book—Visible Empire. Colonial Botany and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment—came out this year from University of Chicago Press.
Vanessa Schwartz is professor of history, art history and film, and she directed the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate from 2006-2009. She has written on topics ranging from public visitations in Paris's morgue to the “jet age.” In addition, she has adopted new methods for publishing research through the “Urban Icons” multimedia web project on cities and visual culture.