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Ann Tartsinis

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Ann is an art historian and curator based in Oakland. Her current research concerns the scrapbooks of photographers Cecil Beaton, Walker Evans, and George Platt Lynes and explores the relationship between documentary, ethnographic, and fashion photography between the wars. This project has received support from Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, The Mellon Foundation, and the Terra Foundation of American Art.

From 2010 to 2016, Ann was a curator at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, where she organized several design and material culture exhibitions. Her publications include Knoll Textiles: 1945-2011, An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915-1928, and contributions to The Journal of Modern Craft, Fashion Studies, Fashion Theory, The Winterthur Portfolio, and DRESS. Her forthcoming book, Mondrian's Dress: Yves Saint Laurent, Piet Mondrian, and Pop Art, is co-authored with Nancy J. Troy and will be published by MIT Press in October 2023.


  • Design history
  • Fashion history
  • 20th century American art and craft


  • Stanford University, PhD in Art History, expected 2024
  • Bard Graduate Center, MA in Design History and Material Culture
  • Boston University, BFA in Studio Art

Selected Publications