Dr. Kavky teaches courses in European and American art history, from the Italian Renaissance to the present, and integrated courses on the representation of gender in the arts, women artists, and the history and representation of witchcraft. Her research interests include the early twentieth century movements of Dada and Surrealism, as well as the intersections between art, psychology, and anthropology. She has published on the Surrealist artist Max Ernst and his engagement with Freudian theory and on Surrealism and Camouflage. She is a co-founder and editor of the on-line Journal of Surrealism and the Americas.
“Surrealism, War and the Art of Camouflage,” Dada and Surrealism, Transatlantic Aliens on American Shores, 1914-1945, The Space Between—Literature and Culture, 1914-1945, 14 (2018).
“Max Ernst and the Second World War: Witches, Chimeras, and Totems,” Monsters and Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s. Eds. Oliver Shell and Oliver Tostmann. (New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2018), 69-93.
Ph.D., History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Art History, New College of Sarasota, Florida