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Department of

Art, Architecture + Art History

Chelsea Behle Fralick

Lecturer, Art History

Chelsea R. Behle Fralick is an art historian and freelance writer/editor from San Diego, California. She received her B.A. in Art History (emphasis in Public Art and Architecture) from USD, and a Masters of Science in Architectural Studies degree from MIT’s School of Architecture. She has written on topics within California Beat art and film, as well as on California performance and video art, modern and contemporary architecture, and art of the public sphere. She is a member of the College Art Association, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture.


B.A. Art History, Emphasis in Public Art and Architecture, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

S.M.Arch.S. History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Scholarly and Creative Work

“‘Musical & Magical Counterpoint:’ Language, Sound and Image in Wallace Berman’s Aleph, 1956-66.” Chapter in forthcoming volume: Timothy S. Brown and Andrew Lison (eds.), The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision: Media, Counterculture, and Revolt (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, May 2014).

“Art is Love is God”: Wallace Berman and the Transmission of Aleph, 1956-66. Masters thesis, MIT School of Architecture, 2012.

Presenter, Boundaries of the Im|material Graduate Student Conference, Ohio State University, 2012.

Presenter, *research-in-progress Graduate Student Symposium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011.

Teaching Interests

American art of the 20th century; California art of the 20th and 21st centuries; California Beat art and film of the 1940s-60s; Performance and video art of the 1960s and 70s; Avant-garde and experimental cinema in America; The role of the “artist-filmmaker” hybrid in California arts and culture; Countercultural influences in the arts; Intersections between mysticism and the visual and literary arts of California; Public art as a reflection of personal/spiritual space.