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Professor Kachur is a world class scholar and teacher.  His teaching has been recognized with a Fulbright lectureship at Osaka University, Japan. He creates a webpage for each class, and leads all students on visits to area museums and galleries.

His book, Displaying the Marvelous: Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, and Surrealist Exhibition Installations was recently hailed as “deeply descriptive in the best sense of the word. His comprehensive sketches of each event walk the reader not only through the space and contents of the different exhibitions, but through the planning, publicity, and aftermath of each event… His book remains a significant contribution to both avant-garde studies and the history of exhibitions.”

It remains in print with MIT Press.  His recent book is Masterpieces of American Modernism from the Vilcek Collection. Further research on exhibition histories are in progress.

He has organized three exhibitions with catalogs at Kean, two together with students, most recently  Past Pop: Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist Graphics of the 1970s http://www.kean.edu/~gallery/docs/Rausch_Rosen%201970s.pdf

Among his dozens of essays, articles and reviews are two commissioned catalog essays from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, most recently ““Beethoven Symphonies on the Accordion”: Georges Braque’s Musical Instruments,” Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, October 2014. He is currently researching a catalog essay “Arp’s Play with Display” for the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas.

In Fall 2016 he presented at a Global Surrealism colloquium at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has also lectured at Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Institute of Education, London, Musée Picasso Paris, and numerous Universities.

He is a Jewish Studies affiliate faculty, has taken Kean students to London as a Travel Learn course

Advice for students: In today’s visually bombarded media environment, everyone needs ways of analyzing and understanding visual messages.

Advice for students contemplating a minor in art history: Our program is global and cutting edge. With a strong reputation in the region, art history program graduates from the have gotten jobs in arts management, galleries, museums, auction houses, cultural centers, corporate collections, and web design, and have gone on to successful graduate work at Montclair, Rutgers, Seton Hall, City University of NY, Hunter College, among others.


[1] Floyd, Kathryn M. "Writing the Histories of Dada and Surrealist Exhibitions: Problems and Possibilities." Dada/Surrealism 21 (2017): n. pag. Web. http://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1327&context=dadasur

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