Imogen Hart works on modern art and material culture in Britain, especially the objects andinteriors associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. She is particularly interested in the relationship between fine and decorative art, interiors, the history of exhibitions, non-canonical histories of modernism, connections between art and science, and international networks of artistic influence and exchange.
Dr. Hart is the author of Arts and Crafts Objects (Manchester University Press, 2010) and co-editor, with Jason Edwards, of Rethinking the Interior, c. 1867-1896: Aestheticism and Arts and Crafts (Ashgate, 2010). She is co-editor, with Claire Jones, of the forthcoming volume Sculpture and the Decorative in Britain and Europe, Seventeenth Century to Contemporary (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020). She has published articles and book chapters on sculpture and evolutionary aesthetics, the art of William Morris, the Arts and Crafts movement, and Victorian and Edwardian painting. Her current book project explores decorative art in Britain from William Morris to the Second World War. With David Peters Corbett (Courtauld Institute of Art, London) she is co-organizing a major conference at UC Berkeley in Fall 2018, “British Art and the Global,” which is sponsored by the Center for British Studies. Dr. Hart was honored to be nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award of the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association for 2017.
Before joining the History of Art Department at Berkeley, Dr. Hart was Postdoctoral Research Associate and Assistant Curator at the Yale Center for British Art. She has taught in the History of Art Departments at the Universities of York, Bristol, and Birmingham, and at Yale University.