Education: Pennsylvania State University – Ph.D.
“I have always been intrigued by the ability of the avant-garde to move society forward. This aspect of art and its interdisciplinary nature form the basis of my research. The cultural centers of Vienna and Munich in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, where the avant-garde clashed with a glorious tradition, have been the focus of my explorations. Recently, this approach has also informed my research concerning the deconstruction of visual theatricality and stereotypical perception in American photography and film. “
Timothy W. Hiles received his Ph.D. from Penn State University where his studies emphasized the early modern movement in Germany and Austria. His recent research encompasses visual perception within twentieth-century American photography and film. Among his publications are Thomas Theodor Heine: Fin-de-Siècle Munich and the Origins of Simplicissimus (1996); “Kilmt, Nietzsche and the Beethoven Frieze,” Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts (1998); “Reality and Utopia in Munich’s Premier Magazines,” The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines (2013); and “Shifting Perception: Photographing the Disabled During the Civil Rights Era,” Review of Disability Studies (2014). His most recent research—culminating in “The Art of Becoming: The Symbiosis of Time, Space and Film in Pull My Daisy” in Gotthold Lessing’s Legacy: Space and Time in Artistic Practices and Aesthetics—is in press and expected to be released in 2015.