HARRY HEUSER                              2019

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I am currently finalising “A Forefront in the Aftermath?,” an essay on 1950s US American radio plays, and the CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57) in particular, for inclusion in the anthology Tuning in to the Neo-Avant-Garde. The starting point was a paper I delivered in November 2018 at the Tuning in to the Neo-Avant-Garde conference at Ghent University.

Earlier this year, I contributed a chapter to the forthcoming anthology Audionarratology.  My essay discusses the US radio thriller serial I Love a Mystery in relation to the literary Gothic.  It draws on my research on plays written for and airing on US network radio during the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, which I explored in my dissertation Etherized Victorians and in my study Immaterial Culture.

In my teaching as well as my writing, I continue to explore the intersections of literature, film, drama, radio, material culture, conceptualism and the visual arts.  To this end, I have developed undergraduate modules such as Gothic Imagination and Adaptation.

Another area of interest for me is the relationship between art history and curating; I am teaching both at Aberystwyth University, Wales.  On display until 20 August 2019 was Classic/Romantic, the latest of a series of exhibitions I stage annually a group of undergraduate students of my curating module at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University.  Drawing on the School’s collection of prints, ceramics, paintings and photographs, the exhibition explores the meanings of the two terms in the title and questions the binary opposition in which they are often understood.  The exhibition featured works by William Blake, Henry Fuseli Goya, William Hogarth, JMW Turner and Salvator Rosa, as well as contemporary artists.

Previously on view at the School of Art Museum and Galleries (until 8 Feb. 2019) was my exhibition Travelling Through: Landscapes/Landmarks/Legacies.  It featured paintings, photographs, prints, posters, and ceramics from the School’s collection as well as personal photographs charting my relationship with New York City from the mid-1980s until now.

During part of its run, Travelling Through coincided with my undergraduate module “Looking into Landscape and, while open to the public, generated seminar discussion and provided material for undergraduate research projects.  In September 2018, I discussed the uses of our collection and the potential of curating for teaching in the humanities in my talk “Histories in the Making: A Case for Curating,” at the 6th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference at Aberystwyth University.

In the coming months, I will be making the exhibition available online, along with other shows I have staged in recent years.

Future projects include Way Out, an exhibition of surrealist (or surrealised) photographs by Angus McBean, of which the School of Art now holds a sizable collection; the public images will be displayed alongside McBean’s personal photoalbums to contrast the public persona with the private life of the queer photographer. In the planning stages is a monograph on painter-printmaker Harry Morley, co-authored with Robert Meyrick.

Current and recent projects

Born and raised in Germany, educated in New York City (BA, MA, PhD), Harry Heuser is a writer, exhibition curator and educator. 

Since 2012, he has been staging exhibitions in England and Wales, including at the Royal Academy in London, and, as Lecturer in Art History, teaches curating at Aberystwyth University.

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