Luke Naessens

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art & Archaeology



Luke Naessens is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art & Archaeology, specializing in post-war and contemporary art history in the United States. His dissertation examines the place of deep history in American art during the 1970s, tracing an archaeological imaginary at work within post-minimalism’s revisions of temporality and materiality. His research positions the decade’s artistic contestations over the longue durée in relation to the radical challenges to national narratives issued by Indigenous sovereignty movements in this period, especially as they coalesced around archaeology and the museum. Thinking critically about the imbrication of the period’s ecological, feminist and queer avant-gardes within settler-colonial formations, the project also centers the interventions of Native American artists including Kay WalkingStick and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Beyond this project, Luke also researches and writes on contemporary Indigenous artists in North America, attending in particular to questions of material process and historical memory.

Selected Publications