Bart Pushaw is a PhD candidate working with Dr. Steven Mansbach exploring global modernisms, especially the intersections of race, gender, identity and colonialism as expressed in the visual culture of the Baltic and Nordic countries. His dissertation "Art, Race, and the Battle for Representation in the Baltic World, 1880-1920" employs critical race theory to dismantle ideas of "national art," revealing instead the global ramifications of how visual sovereignty could rapidly transform power relations between multiethnic groups.
He received his MA from the University of Chicago in 2013. Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Estonia and Latvia. He has recently published essays on the Finnish Symbolist artist Beda Stjernschantz, a multicultural history of women artists in Estonia, and intersectionality in images of the black body in the work of the painter Ants Laikmaa. In 2016, he is also an invited guest curator for the exhibition "Conductors of Colour: Music and Modernity in Estonian Art," (Värvide dirigendid. Muusika ja modernsus Eesti kunstis) at KUMU Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn, and author of the accompanying exhibition catalogue.
His interests include race and visual representation in the decades around 1900; the Nordic Black Atlantic; the visual culture of the "New North Atlantic;" indigeneity and Sámi art; the global dissemination of photography circa 1850; the relationship between imperialism and medium as an index of modernity, especially in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. He has given numerous talks on Baltic and Nordic art in the United States and Europe.