Tara Zanardi teaches courses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art that consider a wide range of topics, such as art and politics, the development of museums, national identities and cultural representations, fashion, gender, global exchange, and empire.
Zanardi received her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. She has received fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fulbright Program, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and United States, Hunter College’s Presidential Fund for Faculty Advancement, PSC-CUNY, and the American Association of University Women. She was also a Feliks Gross Endowment Award winner in 2014.
Her expertise and research interests cover the visual and material culture of Spain. In Framing Majismo: Art and Royal Identity in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Pennsylvania State University, 2016), Zanardi examines the nobility’s cultivation of a distinct Spanish identity and their appropriation of the practices and types associated with majismo, the popular, urban aesthetic. She has published articles in Materializing Gender in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Ashgate, 2016) and in peer-reviewed journals, including West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture; Material Culture Review; The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies; Dieciocho; Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte; and Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture.
Zanardi’s current work comprises various projects, including an examination of the diverse collecting practices of Queen Isabel de Farnesio, her fascination with lacquer, and its employment in the modern interiors she commissioned. In addition, Zanardi is co-editing an anthology, Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Practices and Global Contexts with Lynda Klich (forthcoming, Routledge, 2018). The volume includes essays, which first came together during a symposium held at Hunter College, City University of New York in October 2013, co-organized by Zanardi and Klich.
Zanardi is also writing a second monograph, tentatively titled, Artful Politics and Bourbon Identity: The Porcelain Room at Aranjuez. In this study, she situates this tour-de-force interior in the context of Charles III’s political strategies and colonial reform, natural history, porcelain collecting and display, chinoiserie, and the fundamental relationship between identity and interior design.