Brandon Truett

Brandon Truett is an incoming Humanities Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Chicago, where he received his PhD in 2020. He is currently working on a book project that investigates the transnationality and transhistoricity of the Spanish Civil War through visual, literary, and material cultures.


Ways of Seeing Art in a Pandemic

For their final writing assignment in a course on contemporary art, my students were required to analyze a single artwork from the last sixty or so years. The point was to encourage them to apply the theories of visuality that we’d studied throughout the quarter, and the assignment had one nonnegotiable stipulation: the artwork must be accessible somewhere in Chicago, where our class was held.