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Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe


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Postadress Institutionen för kultur och estetik 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe is Associate Professor in Art History.

PhD in Art History from Uppsala University in 2007 on the dissertation Skulptur i folkhemmet. Den offentliga skulpturens institutionalisering, referentialitet och rumsliga situationer [Sculpture in the Swedish welfare state. Institutionalisation, referentiality and spatial situations 1940-1975].

2003-2009 Acting senior lecturer in Art History and Gender Studies at Uppsala University
2010-2012 Research fellow at the Department of Art History, Stockholm University
2010-2012 Member of the Leverhulme trust funded International Research Network Transnational Perspectives on Women’s Art, Feminism and Curating
2015-2017 Director of Graduate Studies in Art History, Stockholm university
2019- Editor of Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History
2019- Titular member of Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA)
2020- Member of the International Advisory Board for the research project The Feminist Legacy in Art Museums (funded by the Norwegian Research Council, project leaders Dr. Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen & Dr. Sigrun Åsebø)
2021- Coordinator of research in Art History, Stockholm university


Since 2012, I am a senior lecturer in Art History at Stockholm University. I teach undergraduate, master, and graduate courses and supervise theses on all levels. I have special responsibility for the undergraduate courses Art, Architecture and Visual culture in Sweden and Art History II and for the master course Gender Perspectives on Art and Visual Culture.

I am institutional partner of the CIVIS school Transitive Modernities/Modernisms in Transit, organised by Anne Reynès-Delobel (Aix-Marseille University) and Stamatina Dimakopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), and teach at its first summer course for master and doctoral students Modernisms in Transit: Dialogues and Crossings (Aix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence) in 2021.  


My research interests include the modern art world, art and feminism, art and transnationalism, public art, sculpture, and feminist historiography.

My current research project, Swedish artists en route. Mobility, transnationalism and artistic practices in the early 20th century, investigates artistic mobility in the early 20th century, resulting in the first study that thematically addresses transnational movements in Swedish modern art. It departs form the observation that the strong focus in Swedish art history on the pivotal artist journey to Paris serves as a reductive description of artists’ actual movements, practices and networks. Without questioning Paris as an artistic node, the project differentiates established narratives and restores the diversity of Swedish artistic mobility from a transnational perspective and offers a corrective to modernist art history’s concept of stylistic diffusion from centre to periphery. Informed by transdisciplinary theories on mobility, cultural transfer, and transnational historiography, it details on the diversity of artistic movements and historicises the meanings and politics of mobility through analyses of how it was visualised, narrativised and habitualised in artistic practices. The project comprises of case studies that focus on representative routes and destinations, represent different forms of transnational movements, and address the social power relations (e.g. gender, ethnicity, nationality) of artistic mobility. The project is funded by Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council).

I have recently concluded a major research project, resulting in the monograph Nell Walden, Der Sturm and the Collaborative Cultures of Modern Art (Routledge, forthcoming 2021). Based on hitherto overlooked archival material, this book reveals Nell Walden’s significant impact on the Sturm organisation through a feminist reading of supportive labour that highlights the centrality of collaborative work within the modern art world. The book introduces Walden as an ardent collector of modernist and indigenous art and critically contextualises her own art production in relation to gendered ideas on abstraction and decoration. Visual analyses highlight how she collaborated with artists and experimental photographers during the Weimar era. Finally, the book provides an analysis of Walden’s continuing collaborative work as Der Sturm’s archivist and historiographer after her voluntary exile from Germany to Switzerland in the 1930s and thus highlights the importance of women’s supportive labour for the canonisation and institutionalisation of modern art in museums and archives. The project has been generously supported by Landskrona museum, Åke Wibergs Stiftelse, and Magnus Bergvalls Stiftelse.

My most recent published book is the edited volume Curating Differently: Feminisms, Exhibitions, and Curatorial Spaces (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016).


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  • 2016. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe.

    Exhibtionary spaces and curatorial strategies ideologically frame the encounter between art and its publics. For more than forty years, feminist art curating, as a practice of art interpretation and a politics of display, have intersected with the diverse area of feminist art historical research and feminist artistic practices. It is only recently, however, that a theorization of feminist art curating and feminist exhibition histories as a specific field of knowledge have emerged.

    Curating Differently is a collection of essays that offers critical perspectives on and analyses of the intersections of feminisms, art exhibitions, and curatorial spaces from the 1970s onward. It brings together case studies from Australia, Israel, Europe, and North America that critically account for diverse strategies and interventions in curatorial space. The essays contribute with historical perspectives on feminist exhibition practices and curatorial models, first-hand accounts of feminist interventions within the art museum as well as timely analyses of current intersections of feminisms within curating in the contemporary global art world.

    As a major contribution to the ongoing scholarly debate on the institutionalization of feminisms in art and its relative success, or failure, Curating Differently will provide new insights and provoke further discussion on the history and theory of feminist art exhibitions and curatorial spaces.

  • 2016. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe. Salongsmåleri?!, 59-73
  • 2016. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe. Konsthistorisk Tidskrift 85 (4), 327-331
  • 2015. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe. Der sturm, 401-428
  • Kapitel Nell Walden
    2015. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe. STURM-Frauen, 312-325
  • 2015. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe (et al.).
  • 2014. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe. Jämten 2015, 16-23
  • 2014. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe, Henrik Widmark. Bebyggelsehistorisk tidskrift (67), 24-44

    Housing estates in post-war cities have been con-stituted at the point of intersection between the private domestic sphere and the public space of the community at large. Housing estates, there-fore, are important places where urban identity is created, articulated and renegotiated. Every-day use of housing estates entails a continuous negotiation and shift of consciously formulated societal notions and norms which are materiali-sed in the physical configuration of space.

    In a case study addressing the everyday are-as, architecture and artistic design of the urban space on three Borås housing estates, we have shown how both reworkings of the physical en-vironment and shifting norms in society, plus the everyday use and mediation of housing estates continuously alter their significance in processes of identification. Aided by insights from network theory and intersectional gender theory, we have described and analysed the mat-ter of how present-day housing estates are be-ing created globally and how notions of gender, class and ethnicity are constructed at the point of intersection between the concrete expression of material space and the everyday practices of the social space.

  • 2013. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe, Malin Hedlin Hayden. Politics in a glass case, 66-83
  • 2013. Angela Dimitrakaki (et al.). Journal of Curatorial Studies 2 (2), 218-241

    This discussion between nine curators, theorists and art historians addresses some of the contemporary issues related to feminism and curating. Topics include the role of the geographical and geopolitical in curatorial projects; the place of canons and canon-making in feminist approaches; the nature of contemporary feminist collectivities; the importance of the museum and its context of capitalism within politicized curatorial practice; and the status of the object and aesthetics in feminist-oriented curatorial practice.

  • 2013. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe. The Aesthetics of Matter, 17-28
  • 2011. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe. Siri Derkert, 137-165
  • 2011. Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe. Att alltid göra och tänka det olika, 183-224
  • 2010. Malin Hedlin Hayden, Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe.
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