John J. Zarobell

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair

International Studies Department

University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 422-4734



December 2000        Ph.D., History of Art, University of California, Berkeley                           

May 1997                 M.A., History of Art, University of California, Berkeley                     

January 1992            B.A., Studio Art, Hampshire College            






Art and the Global Economy, monograph, UC Press, April 2017.

Empire of Landscape: Space and Ideology in French Colonial Algeria, Pennsylvania State University Press.  January 2010.

Edvard Munch’s Mermaid.  With Shelley Langdale and Mark Tucker.  Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2005.


Articles and Chapters:

“What Actually Happens In the Art Market’s Informal Economy,”Artsy Editorial, Artsy (August 2, 2017).


“How Freeports Operate on the Margins of the Global Art Market”, Artsy Editorial, Artsy (July14, 2017).


Luis Gutierrez: Another Kind of Truth, St, Mary’s College of California, October 2015.


“Paul Durand-Ruel and the market for modern art, 1870-1873”, Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market, National Gallery, London and Yale University Press, February 2015 (French version October 2014).


“Introduction”, Andrew Schoultz: In Process, Monterey Museum of Art, California, October 2014.


“Five Views of Shahzia Sikander’s Parallax” Shahzia Sikander, Parallax, Umea Universitat Bildmuseet, Umea Sweden, March 2014.


“Ranjani Shettar: Quiet, Contingent”, Seven Contemporaries, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi, India, December 2013.


“Ernest Jolly: Outside Influence” in ProArts 2x2 Solos 2013, ProArts, Oakland, October 2013.


“Harry Bowden: American Modern”, Harry Bowden: The Female Form, Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, September 2012.


“On Drawing and Data: The Art of Sonya Rapoport” in Pairing of Polarities: The Life and Art of Sonya Rapoport, Terri Cohn, ed. Heyday Press, Berkeley, CA, 2012.


“Introduction”, Andrew Schoultz. Up in the Air, Park Life/Paper Museum Press, San Francisco, 2012.


“La reception américaine de Rodin pendant la XXième siècle” in 300 dessins: Les oeuvres tardifs de Rodin.  Rodin Museum, Paris, 2011.


“Allan deSouza: Interventionist” in Allan deSouza: Close Quarters and Far Pavilions. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2011


“Form Reveals Art’s Secret, or the Recent Work of Bill Scott” in Bill Scott: Paintings. Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York, 2011.


“Forward”, Andrew Gilbert, Andrew Emperor of Africa. Kerber Verlag, 2011.


“On Bani Abidi’s Reserved”, A Proposal for Articulating Works Places, 3rd AiM International Bienniale Festival, Marrakech, Morocco, Exhibition Guide, 2009.


“The Hybrid Sources of Frida Kahlo”, Berkeley Review of Latin-American Studies, Fall 2008.


“Abstracting Space: Remaking the Landscape of Colonial Algeria in Second-Empire France.”  In Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski, ed., Visualizing the Modern Mediterranean.  University of Toronto Press, 2007.


“Découverte de l’esquisse peinte du Sacre de Napoléon de David (1808)”, with Mark Tucker.  In Le Sacre de Napoléon. Musée du Louvre, 2004.


“Jean-Charles Langlois’ Panorama of Algiers (1833) and France’s Prospective Colonial Landscape.” Art History 26 (Fall 2003).


“Marine Painting in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France,” in Juliet Wilson-Bareau, et. al., Manet and the Sea.  Yale University Press, 2003, pp. 16-33.


“L’Imaginaire du sud”, Beaux-Arts hors-série: “L’Algérie des peintres” (October 2003). 




“Studio Session: Rupert Garcia” Art Practical Column (January 30, 2018).


“Seeing Power through the Map” Art Practical Feature (April 27, 2017).


“Precarious Citizenship”, Art Practical 8.1 (November 10, 2016).


“Book Review. From a Nation Torn: Decolonizing Art and Representation in France, 1945-1962, by Hannah Feldman”, French History (April 10, 2016).


“Five Emerging Artists from Bangladesh”, Daily Serving (March 30, 2016).


“The Postcolonial Contemporary” San Francisco Arts Quarterly 22 (December 22, 2015).


“Fourth World: Photography from Columbia”, Art Practical (October 2015).


“The Informal Economy and the Global Art Market” SFAQ 2.2 (September 2015).


“Art as an Asset: Financialization of the Art Market”, SFAQ 2.1 (April 2015).


She Who tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World”, Art Practical (February 2015).


Three Perspectives on the Globalization of the Art Market”, SFAQ 19 (December 2014).


“Book Review: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the City”

Law, Culture and the Humanities 10: 487-489 (October 2014).


“Misreading the Art Market”, SFAQ 18 (September 2014).


“Dana Harel at the Palo Alto Art Center”, Art Practical 6.1 (September 2014).


“Water City Berkeley by Kim Anno at Kala Art Institute” Art Practical 5.4          (December 2013).


“Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise at Berkeley Art Museum”, Art Practical 5.2 (October 2013).


“Young Hae-Chang Heavy Industries at Kadist” Art Practical 4.17 (April 2013).


“From New Delhi: Review of the India Art Fair”, Art Practical 4.10 (February 2013).


“Barry McGee at the Berkeley Art Museum”, Art Practical 4.3 (October 2012).


“International Orange at Fort Point Historic Site”, Art Practical 3.17 (June 2012).


“Fred Wilson at Rena Bransten Gallery”, Art Practical 3.11 (March 2012).


“San Francisco’s Indian Autumn”, Art Practical 3.5 (November 2011).


“DEFEO at Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco” and “Manifest 770 at Incline Gallery, San Francisco”, Art Practical3.1 (September 2011).


“Shahzia Sikander: The Exploding Company Man and Other Abstractions at the Walter and McBean Galleries, SFAI”, Art Practical 2.19 (June 2011).


"Hiding in Plain Sight : Hasan Elahi at 5M", Art Practical 2.14 (March 2011).


“Huckleberry Finn, an exhibition at CCA’s Wattis Institute”, Art Practical 2.3 (October 2010).


Galleons and Globalization: California Mission Arts and the Pacific Rim, Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco” Art Practical 2.1 (September 2010)


“The Visionary Art of Morris Graves, Meridian Gallery,” Art Practical 1.12 (April 2010).


Review of Jean-Charles Langlois. Le Spectacle de l’histoire. In Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 2006).


“Book Review of Roger Benjamin’s Orientalist Aesthetics,” African Studies Journal (Fall, 2003).




Professional Experience and Activities


Undergraduate Director, International Studies Department, University of San Francisco, August 2015-Present.


Community Member, Acquisitions Committee, San Jose Museum of Art, January 2012-present.


Panelist, “Changing Business Models in the Art World”, Art Basel Miami Beach Conversation series, December 2017.


Organizer, “Forum for Transnational Collaboration”, University of San Francisco, November 2017.


Curator, “Vanishing Point: The 3.9 Collective Reflects on Black Communities in San Francisco”. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, May-October 2017.


Curator, Postcolonial Contemporary, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, June-July 2016.


Moderator, “Navigating the Terrain of Regional Group Shows”, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 2016.


Curator, Interwoven: Indigenous Contemporary, Thacher Art Gallery, University of San Francisco, November 2015-Fenruary 2016.


Coordinator of European Studies Program, University of San Francisco, August 2011-May 2015.


“New Geography of the Contemporary Art Market”, lecture, SFAQ Project Space, San Francisco, April 2015.


“Mass Production and Originality: Rodin’s Patinas 1902-1917”, lecture, Association of Art Historians Conference, Norwich England, April 2015.


“Lessons from Paul Durand-Ruel: The Contemporary Art Market Then and Now”, lecture, National Gallery, London, April 2015.


“Gentrification and the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco”, lecture, City Futures conference, Paris, France, June 2014.


“Exotic Landscapes of the Emerging Nation”, lecture, Impressionist France Symposium, Saint Louis Art Museum, April, 2014.


“Dissonance and Detour”, Panel Chair, Lahore Literary Festival, Pakistan, February 2014.


Curator, Harry Bowden, American Modern.  Worth Ryder Art Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, September-October, 2013.


“Biennials and Economic Development in Europe” Center for European Studies Annual Conference, Amsterdam, June 2013.


Curator, Counterproof: The Other Side of Print, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, April-May, 2012.


“The Many Worlds of Paul Klee”, paper presented at the Cantor Center for the Arts, Stanford University, February 2012.


“Rodin’s Modernity”, paper presented the Faculty Salon, University of San Francisco, February 2012.


Conversation and film screening with filmmakers Erik Moscowitz and Amanda Trager, Meridian Gallery, December 2012.


Curator, The Works of Prajakti Jayavant, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, December 2011-January 2012.


“Roundtable conversation on the Works of Allan DeSouza”, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, September 2011.


Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, December 2007-August 2011.


Curator, Images in Dialogue: Paul Klee and Andrew Schoultz.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, August 2011-January 2012.


Curator, New Work: Anna Parkina.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. February-June, 2011.


“Curating as Reading: An Inquiry into the Method of Presenting Art to the Public”.  Paper presented at Activités et vocabulaire, pour l’échange en général et la lecture de projets artistiques en particulier, Ecole Supérieur des Arts Visuels, Marrakech, Morocco, November, 2010.


Participant, “Sentences on the banks and other activities”: The Khalid Shomon Foundation, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan, October 2010.


Board Member, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco (Non-profit space for the arts).  July 2010-May 2012.


“Historical Perspective: Kerry James Marshall’s Murals for SFMOMA.”  Paper presented, College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, February 2010.


“La conception de Rodin à mi-vingtième siècle à New York”. Paper presented, Musée Rodin, Paris, February 2010.


Freedom? *, film program within the exhibition A Proposal for Articulating Works and Places (Curated by Abdellah Karroum), 3rd AiM International Biennial Festival 2009, Marrakech, Morocco, November 2009. Co-curated with José Roca, Bernard Marcadé, Mark Nash, Rasha Salti, Charles Esche and Anne Szefar Karlsen. Selection: Bani Abidi, Reserved.


“Edvard Munch: Another Model for Modernist Painting.” California College of Arts, October 2009.


“Empire of Landscape and Geopolitical Ecology”.  Paper presented at the conference Rising Tide: The Arts and Ecological Ethics, California College of the Arts and Stanford University, April 2009.


Curator, New Work: Ranjani Shettar, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, March-July 2009


Curator, Art in the Atrium: Kerry James Marshall, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, February 2009-October 2011.


Committee member, Public Art Selection Committee, Mercy Housing building at 10th and Mission Streets, January 2009-May 2009.


“Critique and Practice in Modern and Contemporary Art”.  Paper presented at the Bryn Mawr Visual Studies Colloquium, October, 2008.


“Frida Kahlo and San Francisco”.  Paper presented at the Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco, September 2008.


Curator, Paul Klee’s Pedagogical Sketchbook, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, September 2008-February 2009.


Coordinating Curator, Frida Kahlo.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Summer, 2008.


Curator, Modern Masterworks from the Elise S. Haas Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Spring 2008.


“Manet, Moderninst Critic.”  Paper presented at the College Art Association Conference, Dallas, Texas, February 2008.


Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, December 2007-August 2011.


Associate Curator of European Painting and the Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, July 2005-October 2007.


Assistant Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Philadelphia Museum of Art, January 2002-July 2005.


Co-Curator, Renoir Landscapes, 1865-1883.  Philadelphia Museum of Art, in association with the National Gallery, London and the National Gallery, Ottawa. Fall 2007.


“Rodin’s Surfaces: A Historical Primer for a Critical Study of Patina.”  University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. November 2006.


“George Anthonisen and the Tradition of Humanist Sculpture in the Twentieth Century.” Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University, New Haven Connecticut. October 2006.


Member, Board of Trustees, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania.  April 2006-September 2007.


“Collecting Rodin in the United States.” Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegetown, Pennsylvania. February 2006.


 Co-Curator, Edvard Munch’s Mermaid.  Philadelphia Museum of Art.  September 2005-January 2006.


“Text and Image: Edvard Munch’s Narrative Painting.” Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  October 2005.


“Edvard Munch and Fin-de-Siècle France.”  Philadelphia Museum of Art.  October 2005.


Coordinating Curator, African Art, African Voices: Long Steps Never Broke a Back.  Philadelphia Museum of Art, in association with the Seattle Art Museum. Fall 2004.


Curator, Echoes: 75 Years of Rodin in Philadelphia.  Rodin Museum, Philadelphia. Fall 2004-Spring 2005.


Co-Curator, Manet and the Sea. Philadelphia Museum of Art, in association with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.  Spring 2004.


“Manet’s Marines and the History of French Painting on the Coast in the Mid-Nineteenth Century.”  Art Institute of Chicago.  December, 2003.


Co-Chair, “Alternative Geographies of Modernity: French Art from the Periphery, 1850-1940”.  Panel at the annual College Art Association Conference, New York, 2003.


“Artistic Transit: Metropolitan Artists and the Naturalism of the French Provinces.”  Dahesh Museum of Art, New York City.  October 2002.


“The Global Landscape: Collecting Views for the Colonial Archive,” Conference of the Association of Art Historians.  Liverpool, UK, April 2002.


“National Visions and Colonial Prospects,” Guest Lecture, Department of History of Art.  University of Delaware, March 2002.


"'Where's My Margin?' Africa, Installation Art and the Erosion of Geographical Typology," College Art Association Conference.  Philadelphia, February 2002.


"Jean-Charles Langlois' Panorama of Algiers (1833) and France's Prospective Colonial Landscape," Department of Art Lecture Series.  University of Southern Mississippi, April 2001.


"Colonial Landscapes: French Painters in North Africa, 1798-1913,"  Art Department Lecture.  University of Louisiana, Lafayette, March 2001.


“Mapping the Dematerialized Landscape: Representations of Algeria in Second-Empire France,” Geography Colloquium.  University of British Columbia, November 2000.


“Photography and the Instant of History,” Faculty Lecture Series.  Stanford University, October, 2000.


“Unearthing the Colonial Landscape: Nineteenth-Century French Representations of Algeria,” Art History Colloquium, Tulane University.  September, 2000.


"An Arcadian Vision: The Panorama of Algiers (1833) and the Consumption of the Colonial Landscape in Nineteenth-Century France," College Art Association Conference.  New York City, February, 2000.


"Subjectivity and Surveillance: Nauman's Corridor and the Phenomenology of Displacement," Western Humanities Alliance Conference.  University of California, San Diego, October, 1999


Member, College Art Association, Association of American Museum Curators



Teaching Experience


Assistant Professor, International Studies Department, University of San Francisco, 2011-present.


Senior Lecturer. University of San Francisco.  2007-2011.


Adjunct Professor.  Department of Printmaking, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California. 2010-2011.


Master’s Thesis Supervisor, Department of Museum Studies.

John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, California, Winter-Spring, 2008


Affiliated Faculty, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fall, 2006 to Summer 2007.


Adjunct Assistant Professor.  Tulane University, Spring 2001-Spring 2002


Adjunct Assistant Professor.  Loyola University, New Orleans, Spring 2001


Visiting Lecturer. Stanford University, Fall 2000


Grants and Awards


Jesuit Foundation Research Grant

For “Indigenpous Contemporary” at the Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco, 2015-2016


Faculty Development Fund Grants, 2011-2016.


Regional Mellon Faculty Research and Cultural Fellowship

                        Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, 2005-2006


Visiting Scholar

                        Tulane University, 2000-2002


Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship

                        University of California, Berkeley, History of Art, 1999-2000


            Georges Lurcy Fellowship

                        Georges Lurcy Foundation, 1998-1999


            Vice-Chancellor for Research Grant

                        University of California, Berkeley, 1998


            Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant

                        University of California, Berkeley, Dean of Humanities, 1998


            Mellon Semester Award

                        University of California, Berkeley, History of Art, 1997


            Mellon Summer Award

                        University of California, Berkeley, History of Art, 1997


            Dean's Dissertation Award

                        University of California, Berkeley, Dean of Humanities, 1996


            Humanities Graduate Research Grant

                        University of California, Berkeley, Dean of Humanities, 1996


            Walter Horn Memorial Fellowship

                        University of California, Berkeley, History of Art, Berkeley, 1994-1995





Joseph J. Rishel, Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator

Department of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900, Philadelphia Museum of Art


Associate Professor Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley


Professor Emeritus Robert Herbert

Department of Art, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA