Dawn Odell

Dawn Odell

Associate Professor of Art History

Fields Center 307, MSC: 92
Office Hours:

Wednesdays 2:00-4:00pm, Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm.

Dawn Odell teaches courses on early modern European and East Asian art, including classes that explore the history of Buddhist art, urban experience in late imperial China, “reality effects” in seventeenth-century European art, and relationships between art and imperialism. Professor Odell’s research focuses on the exchange of objects and artist practices between China and northern Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her recent essays discuss the domestication of Chinese porcelain in the Netherlands,  Dutch book arts and poetic painting traditions in East Asia, and material culture in eighteenth-century Jakarta. She is currently writing a book about Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest, an eighteenth-century Dutch immigrant to the newly formed United States. The project focuses on the display of van Bram’s vast collection of Chinese art at his estate outside of Philadelphia.

Academic Credentials

PhD University of Chicago, MA Harvard University, BA Carleton College


“’Chinese’ Art in the Dutch East Indies,” Cultural Exchange Between Europe and Southeast Asia, Hazel Hahn, editor, University of Singapore Press (forthcoming 2018).

“Delftware and the Domestication of Chinese Porcelain,” EurAsia Objects: Art and Material Culture in Global Exchange, 1600-1800, Monica Juneja and Anna Grasskamp, editors, University of Heidelberg, Series on Transcultural Studies (forthcoming 2018).

“Depicting Desire: Chinese ‘Paintings of Beauties’ and Images of Asia in a Jesuit Text,” The Reflexive Imagery of Love in Artistic Theory and Practice, Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture, Walter Melion, Michael Zell, Joanna Woodall, editors, Brill, 2017.

“Chinese Painting and Dutch Book Arts,” The Primacy of the Image in Northern European Art, 1400-1700: Essays in Honor of Larry Silver, Debra Cashion, Henry Luittikhuizen, Ashley West, editors, Brill, 2017.

Book Review: Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden AgeCAA Reviews, March 8, 2017, http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/2870#.WmuEJ62ZNsN .

Midwestern Arcadia: Essays in Honor of Alison Kettering (Editor) Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, https://apps.carleton.edu/kettering/, 2014.

“Porcelain, Print Culture and Mercantile Aesthetics” The Cultural Aesthetics of Eighteenth-Century Porcelain, Alden Cavanaugh and Michael Yonan, editors, Ashgate, 2010.

“Public Identity and Material Culture in Dutch Batavia,” Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence, Jaynie Anderson, editor, Miegunyah Press, 2009.

“Creaturely Invented Letters and Dead Chinese Idols,” Idols in the Age of Art, Michael Cole and Rebecca Zorach, editors, Ashgate, 2009.

“Clothing, Customs and Mercantilism: Dutch and Chinese Ethnographies in the Seventeenth Century,” Picturing the Exotic 1550-1950, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, vol. 53, Waanders Publishers, Zwolle, 2003.

“The Soul of Transactions: Illustration and Johan Nieuhof’s Travels to China,” Tweelinge eener dragt: Woord en beeld in de Nederlanden (1500-1750), The Seventeenth Century, Vol. 12, No. 3, Verloren, 2001.

“Is THIS the Orient?” Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue, Vol. 5, No. 3, Brill, 1999.

Location: Fields Center for the Visual Arts