Adrian Anagnost : Parasitism and Contemporary Art: The New Chicago School of Economics
Adrian Anagnost is a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Chicago, and is writing a dissertation on art, mass politics, and notions of participation in twentieth-century Brazil. Before coming to Chicago, Adrian earned an MA in modern art from Columbia University and worked at David Zwirner. Adrian's writings on contemporary artists and filmmakers Pedro Almodóvar, Waldemar Cordeiro, Fernando Botero, Larry Sultan, and Carol Bove have appeared in Chicago Art Journal , Hemisphere: Visual Culture of the Americas , and ArtUS .
Ivana Bago: The Art Historical Turn in the Post-Yugoslav Artistic and Curatorial Practices
Ivana Bago is an art historian, writer and curator born in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and since 1997 based in Zagreb, Croatia. She is currently a PhD student at the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University. She is the co-founder (with Antonia Majaca) of DeLVe | Institute for Duration, Location and Variables, dedicated to research and publishing in the field of contemporary art and theory. She is the author - in collaboration with Antonia Majaca, the Kontejner collective and individually - of a series of curatorial, publishing, and research projects and writings (Removed from the Crowd, 2009-; Moving Forwards, Counting Backwards, MUAC, Mexico City, 2012; Spaport Biennial / Where Everything is Yet to Happen, Banja Luka, Zagreb, 2009-2011; The Orange Dog and Other Tales, 2009-, Stalking With Stories, Apexart, New York, 2007).
Nicole Bass: "‘Broken Threads of Varying Colors’: An Album of the Phoenix Indian School, 1904"
Nicki Bass is a second year PhD student studying the History of Art at Yale. She earned her BA from Harvard College in 2009. Her research focuses on American Art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with specific interest in issues of cross cultural engagement as well as the history and memory of place.
Heather Cammarata-Seale: "Untitled #1336 (Scalapino Nu Shu): Petah Coyne and Global Exchange "
Heather Cammarata-Seale is a third year doctoral student at Rutgers University and the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Corporate Art Program at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters. Her research revolves around the representation of animals in contemporary art, the artistic use of taxidermy and the ethics surrounding this practice.
Lee Colon: "Dada as Vaccine: Engagements with the Public in Berlin"
Lee Colon is completing her master’s degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her thesis on the Berlin Dadaists investigates metaphors of disease in the group’s informal performances. This project reflects a larger interest in the medical history of the early-twentieth century as well as an interdisciplinary approach to art history. She received her B.A. at Bowdoin College in 2008. There, she self-designed a major that joined sociology, particularly that of health and illness, and film studies.
Sascha Crasnow: "Alternative Views: Artist Representations of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
Sascha Crasnow is a second year PhD Student in Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of California San Diego. Her research interests center on contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa, with a particular focus on Israeli and Palestinian artists whose work addresses the conflict. She received her MA in Art History from Hunter College in New York in 2009. In addition to her graduate work, she is an active curator and writer, having curated exhibitions on both coasts and with writing appearing in publications such as WhiteWall, Hyperallergic, and Columbia University’s Interventions journal. She was also the recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Rabat, Morocco in the summer of 2012.
William T. Gassaway : “Pathological Disorder: Divining Disease in the Arts of Ancient Mexico "
In 2006, William received his B.A. in Art History from the University of New Mexico. Now, as a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, he specializes in Pre-Columbian art from across Mesoamerica. A recent recipient of fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks and the National Endowment for the Humanities, William is w orking to complete a dissertation titled “Extraordinary Bodies: Divine Deformation among the Aztecs,” in which he offers the first expressly art historical discussion of the forms, contexts and meanings of aggrieved and misshapen bodies within the arts of ancient Mexico.
Kelly Presutti: "Ornament and Deformity in Alexander Pope’s Grotto"
Kelly Presutti is a graduate student in the History, Theory and Criticism Department at MIT. Her work addresses the unseen and the unsayable, primarily in the painting of nineteenth-century France. Currently, she is examining the aesthetics of Mesmerism and its legacy in the work of Jean-Léon Gérôme. Kelly holds a master’s degree in Art History and Criticism, with a focus on Art and Philosophy, from Stony Brook University, and a dual BA in Art History and Chemistry from DePauw University.
Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa: "Implicated Spaces"
Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary performance artist, writer, and psychogeographer. She holds a B.A. from Brown University in an independent concentration entitled “Hybridity and Performance” and an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. Her master’s thesis focused on issues of memory, embodiment, and the politics of space in relation to public art and memorials in the aftermath of Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-1983). Her work in performance and video has been presented nationally and internationally. From 2002 to 2008, she directed her own arts organization (a)eromestiza, dedicated to presenting cutting edge video and performance by queer artists of color. Her writing has been published by Social Justice Journal, shellac, artistmanifesto.com, Antithesis Journal: Sex 2000 and anthologies such as Postcolonial and Queer Theories: Intersections and Essays and Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory / Theorizing the Filipina American Experience. Documentation of her most recent performance project “Implicated Spaces” will be featured in Emergency Index 2013 (New York: Ugly Duckling Press). She has received awards from Core77 , Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the San Francisco Art Commission, the Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, and the National Association for Latino Art and Culture, among others. Visit www.devilbunny.org to view complete c.v. and work samples
Phil Taylor: " Thomas Demand's Engineering Problem."
Phil Taylor, a third-year PhD student in the department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, received his MA in November 2012; his dissertation will focus on surrealist photography and painting amidst the political tumult of 1930s Paris. Prior to coming to Princeton, Phil received his BA in English Literature with a minor in Photography from the University of Southern California. He is the primary author of Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha (MIT Press, February 2013), edited by Jeff Brouws, Wendy Burton and Hermann Zschiegner. In 2011 he contributed an essay, “Specific Exposures: The Photography of Hans-Christian Schink,” to the catalogue Hans-Christian Schink (Hatje Cantz). Previously Phil curated the exhibition Of the Refrain (2008) at Robert Mann Gallery in New York.