Iskin, Ruth E. Chercheuse accueillie (mai-juin 2010)

  • Biographie résumée

1997, Ph.D. Department of Art History, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships and Research Awards

  • 1999, The Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, The UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies.
  • 1999-01, The Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
  • 2001-02, The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 2009, Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, CASVA, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC., 2009.

Senior Lecturer, Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel, 2002-present

  • Bibliographie restreinte

* Modern Women and Parisian Consumer Culture in Impressionist Painting (Cambridge University Press, 2007).


  • "Identity and Interpretation : Receptions of Toulouse-Lautrec's poster Reine de Joie in the 1890s", in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, A Journal of Visual Culture, vol. 8, no. 1, 2009.
  • "'Savages' into Spectators/Consumers : Globalization in Advertising Posters, 1890s-1900s", in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, vol. 29, nos. 2 & 3 June 2007, 127 –149.
  • "Relational Media : Jewish Responses to the Jewish Banker Stereotype in 1890s Paris and 1955 Israel", in Images of Jews in the Media, eds., M. Liepach, G. Melischek, J. Seethaler, eds., (Vienna : Austrian Academy of Sciences, Commission for Comparative Media & Communication Studies), 177–202.
  • "Popularizing New Women in Belle Époque Advertising Posters", A Belle Époque ? Women and in French Society and Culture 1890-1914. Diana Holmes and Carrie Tarr, eds., (Oxford/ New York : Berghahn Books, 2006) 95-112.
  • "Selling, Seduction and Soliciting the Eye : Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergère",in Reclaiming Agency. Eds. N. Broude and M. D. Garrard (Berkeley : University of California Press. 2005). Reprint from The Art Bulletin, Spring, 1995.
  • "The Pan-European Flâneuse in Fin-de-Siècle Posters : Advertising Modern Women in the City", inNineteenth-Century Contexts, Vol. 25, no. 4, 2003, 333-356. -* "In the Light of Images and the Shadow of Technology : Lacan, Photography and Subjectivity, in Discourse, Vol. 19, no. 1, Spring,1997, 43-66.
  • Résumé du projet de recherche

Posters and Modernity, 1860s-1900s

Commissioned by advertisers and made by artists and lithographers, late nineteenth-century posters aimed to attract the eyes of passers-by with large-scale, brightly colored images. Displayed in urban spaces, posters were perceived as embodying modernity. Even critics who strongly objected to posters recognized their insoluble tie to modernity, yet later studies have rarely considered them in this light.

Furthermore, nineteenth-century collectors and critics believed that posters would serve as archeological documents for future generations, citing this as one of the main reasons for preserving ephemeral posters for posterity. In their view posters were an interesting chronicle, a mirror for customs, and a rich source for knowledge on everyday life. While posters are not simply a “mirror” of history, they played an important role as representations in the visual culture of modernity. Furthermore, posters changed the experience of the inhabitants of the modern city. This project explores their multiple roles as advertising and graphic art and their link with modernity.