Bard Faculty

Susan Aberth

Associate Professor of Art History; Coordinator, Theology

Primary Academic Program: Art History

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Africana Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latin American and Iberian Studies, Theology

Academic Expertise: Art History

Area of Specialization: Surrealism


B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Author of Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy, and Art (Lund Humphries, London and Turner, Madrid, 2004). Essays in Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde (Manchester University, 2017), Surrealism, Occultism and Politics: In Search of the Marvelous (Ashgate, 2017), Unpacking: The Marciano Collection (Prestel, 2017), Jim Amaral (Columbia, 2016), Agustin Fernandez (Paris, 2012). Journal articles in Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies, Black Mirror, Journal of Surrealism in the Americas, Nierika: Revista de Estudios de Arte, etc. At Bard since 2000.


  • Research Interests: All Latin American art; Czech modernism and surrealism; surrealism with an emphasis on women artists; African religious practices in the Americas; 20th-century Mexican art
  • Teaching Interests: Latin American art, African art, Islamic art; religious art and practices
  • Other Interests: Art of the occult and alchemy; Spiritualism in the United States; Freemasonry and other fraternal organizations; art dealing with death, memorials, and mourning; outsider art, Art Brut, visionary art


Phone: 845-758-6822 x7126
Location: Fisher Annex
Office: Room 113