Dr Kristin Huffman

Lecturing Fellow of Art, Art History & Visual Studies


Kristin Love Huffman is a Lecturing Fellow in the Department of Art, Art History, & Visual Studies at Duke University. Her current research focuses on the uses, configurations, and, at times, deliberate re-ordering of architectural spaces and larger urban systems in Early Modern Venice. This is the central topic of her monograph: Visual Rhetoric and Spatial Dynamics in Early Modern Venice.

Her interest in urban experiences and reconstructing transformed or demolished spaces led her to work with Wired! at Duke as well as Visualizing Venice beginning in 2013. Within these collaboratives, she contributed to the curation of the exhibition, Water and Food in Venice at the Ducal Palace in 2015. From 2014-2017, she worked to create the exhibition, A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’ Barbari’s View of 1500 on display at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke (September 2017-January 2018). In conjunction with the exhibition, she organized a scholarly symposium, Stories about Venice and de’ Barbari’s Marvelous View of 1500. The research conducted for the exhibition, along with the talks first presented at the symposium, formed the foundation for an edited volume that includes over 20 scholarly essays related to the View of Venice and life in Early Modern Venice, A Marvelous View: Jacopo de’ Barbari’s Venice (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2021). She is currently working with colleagues at the Correr Museum in Venice, Italy to feature an expanded version of the 2017-exhibition, A Portrait of Venice, as an installation centered on the woodcut along with the original wooden blocks used to publish the View in 1500.

The high-resolution image, the best available for in-depth study and analysis, was developed in collaboration with Duke Libraries and can be found here: 10.7924/G8MK69TH

For video from the exhibition that revealed new ways of understanding Early Modern Venice, see:




Most recently, she collaborated with Duke Libraries for an interactive virtual exhibition featuring digital stories related to the map of Venice by Ludovico Ughi, first printed in 1729 (https://sites.duke.edu/sensesofvenice/). The exhibition, the Senses of Venice, was co-curated with Bradford Lewis, and included significant contributions from four undergraduate students with animations developed in collaboration with CamerAnebbia (https://vimeo.com/446288747), colleagues at the School of Architecture at the University of Padua, as well as collaborators at Duke, namely Hannah Jacobs and Dave Zielinski.

Within the Wired! Lab, in addition to developing research projects and exhibitions, she works alongside Paul Jaskot and Hannah Jacobs to develop new curricular strategies and innovative learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

For her research and digital projects, she has been awarded grants from the following institutions: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; The Renaissance Society of America; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation; The Furthermore Foundation