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Hunter, Matthew C.

Position: 

Associate Professor

Interest and Bio: 

Matthew C. Hunter’s research focuses on relations between visual media and materiality in the arts and sciences of the early modern period. He is the author of Wicked Intelligence: Visual Art and the Science of Experiment in Restoration London (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014) and has co-edited two volumes: Beyond Mimesis and Convention: Representation in Art and Science (New York: Springer, 2010) and The Clever Object (a special issue of Art History, published as a free-standing book in 2014). He has been principal investigator of the FQRSC/SSHRC-funded project “Liquid Intelligence: The Temporally Evolving Chemical Object in the British Enlightenment” and co‑organizer of “Modeling/Modelling” (a research project centred at the California Institute of Technology and the Courtauld Institute of Art). In 2016-17, he is National Endowment for the Humanities Long-Term Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. An editor of Grey Room, he is presently completing a two projects: a book entitled Painting with Fire: The Temporally Evolving Chemical Object in the British Enlightenment, which is under contract with University of Chicago Press; and co-editing/contributing to “Liquid Intelligence and the Aesthetics of Fluidity,” which is forthcoming as a special issue of Grey Room in fall 2017.

Hunter received his BA (Phi Beta Kappa) in Studio Art from Reed College in 1997, and his MA (2000) and PhD (2007) from the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to McGill, he was Weisman Postdoctoral Instructor in Art History at California Institute of Technology (2008-2011).

Projects: 

Liquid Intelligence: The Temporally-Evolving Chemical Object in the British Enlightenment

Publications: 

Wicked Intelligence: Visual Art and the Science of Experiment in Restoration London (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Beyond Mimesis and Convention: Representation in Art and Science (New York: Springer, 2010); edited with Roman Frigg

“Experiment, Theory, Representation: Robert Hooke’s Material Models,” in Beyond Mimesis and Convention: Representation in Art and Science, eds. R. Frigg and M. Hunter (New York: Springer, 2010), 193-219

“The Theory of the Impression According to Robert Hooke,” in Printed Images in Early Modern Britain: Essays in Interpretation, ed. Michael Hunter (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), 167-190

“Hooke’s Figurations: A Figural Drawing Attributed to Robert Hooke,” Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 64 (March 2010): 251-260

“Iconoclasm and Consumption; or, Household Management According to Thomas Cromwell,” in Iconoclasm: Contested Images, Contested Terms, eds. R. Clay and S. Boldrick (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), 51-73

Faculty page: 

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Keywords: 

Theories of representation in art and science.