Noga Bernstein

NOGA BERNSTEIN is a PhD candidate, specializing in modern art and design in the United States. Her dissertation examines the work of textile designer, painter and educator Ruth Reeves, focusing on her use of Indigenous American art. Noga is the recipient of the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art (2017-2018), a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship hosted at Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, a Research Grant awarded by the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, and several Stony Brook University fellowships and awards. Prior to joining Stony Brook’s graduate program, Noga completed her Master’s degree at Columbia University, where she wrote her thesis on contemporary art in Israel. Noga have taught courses in modern art and American craft at Stony Brook and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Nicole Georgopulos

NICOLE GEORGOPULOS is a PhD candidate specializing in mid-nineteenth-century French painting and drawing. Her dissertation examines representations of mirrors and reflections in French painting in the age of Realism. Her master’s thesis, for which she received an Elizabeth and Philip F. Palmedo Award, focused on the late landscapes of Gustave Courbet and their intersection with early evolutionary biology. Before coming to Stony Brook, she received a bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Reed College. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate from the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art, where she researched the looting of archaeological sites in Nazi-occupied Greece. She is a W. Burghardt Turner Fellow and a Graduate Council Fellow, and has held positions at the International Foundation for Art Research and the Morgan Library and Museum.

Catherine (Katie) Howse

CATHERINE HOWSE began her PhD at SBU in 2016, after working on the pioneering Lázló Moholy-Nagy exhibition in the Photography Department at the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History in 2012 from University College Cork, Ireland; her MA thesis investigated the technological and psychological terms of contemporary self-portraiture. Howse’s research interests include collage and contemporary photography.

Corinna Kirsch

CORINNA KIRSCH-MCDONALD’S research concerns analog and digital machines, intermedia and transcendent media, and the history of video art. While working on her PhD in Art History at Stony Brook University, she has received a DAAD grant to study computer prototypes at the Ulm School of Design. In 2016, she co-organized a panel on International Cybernetics for SECAC. In 2017, she presented on Les Levine’s “Body Control Systems” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference; additionally, she attended the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies at Bauhaus University’s International Research Institute for Cultural Techniques and Media Philosophy (IKKM) in Weimar, Germany. Kirsch-McDonald holds an MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BA degrees from the University of Texas in Art History and English. She is writing her dissertation on the relationship between earth, technology, and mass media in the work of artist Les Levine.

Joo Yun Lee

JOO YUN LEE is a PhD Candidate, curator, and writer working on the intersection of art, science, and technology in modern and contemporary art. She finds her specific interests in ontology, materiality, spatiality, and the senses of computational media and its social political implication in contemporary art and visual culture. Continue reading “Joo Yun Lee”

Emily Leonardo

EMILY LEONARDO is a PhD candidate specializing in postwar Europe, with a specific focus on artistic exchange between France and the United States in the 1960s. Her dissertation, “Interventions into the Geographic,” considers the themes of nature and displacement in relation to the site-specific work of Yves Klein, Ben Vautier, and Noël Dolla. General areas of interest include collective practices, public art, environmental theory, and the phenomenology of place. She is currently the curator of a private art collection in New York.

Kara Li

KARA LI is a PhD student specializing in contemporary East Asian art, focusing primarily on transnational Chinese artists and Inter-Asia connections. She is also interested in art collecting and emerging art markets. She holds a MA in History of Art and Archeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and a BA in Art History from Duke University.

Jonathan Macagba

JONATHAN MACAGBA is a PhD student doing research on postwar American suburban representations. His general research interests include architectural and landscape photography, and works and theories on space and place. Jonathan is a W. Burghardt Turner Fellow, and is a practicing artist and designer with an MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston.

Alexandra Nicolaides

ALEXANDRA NICOLAIDES is a Ph.D. student studying photography. Her research focuses on the history of color photography through its interactions with the theory and science of color and the “New Color” movement in the 1970s. She received her BA in Art History from Wellesley College, MA in Art History from University College London, and an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts. For over a decade, she has worked as an art consultant for international clients and has published reviews in Art Critical and The Brooklyn Rail.

Amy Rahn

AMY RAHN is an arts writer, curator, and PhD candidate studying 20th century American art. Her dissertation concerns the French contexts of American Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell. Amy earned a B.A. in Art and Art History at Albion College and an M.A. in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University. In 2014-15, she taught courses on Art History and Art Theory at Albion College. She is a Graduate Council Fellow and a recipient of the Maurice and Miriam Goldberger Scholarship. Her dissertation research was recently supported by a GSEU Professional Development Award.

Sierra Rooney

SIERRA ROONEY is a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University, specializing in public art and commemorative practices in the United States. Her dissertation examines the growing corpus of monuments dedicated to American women since 1980. Her writing has appeared in Public Art Dialogue journal, the International Sculpture Center Press publication, Artists Reclaim the Commons: New Works/ New Territories / New Publics and the forthcoming anthology Museums and Public Art. She is currently the editorial assistant for Public Art Dialogue. Prior to joining Stony Brook’s graduate program, she received MA in Art History from The City College of New York, CUNY. She has been a recipient of the United States Capitol Fellowship; the Graduate Council Fellowship (Stony Brook University); and the Connor Fellowship (CUNY).

Paul Thomas Rubery

PAUL THOMAS RUBERY is a PhD student specializing in media theory, the philosophy of science, and the relationship between mathematics and language in postwar computational discourses. His current research examines the problem of inductive reasoning, the utopian impulse in 1950s art and technology, and the technological histories associated with logical empiricism. His previous research commitments include philosophy at the intersection of psychoanalysis and information theory, sound art, and questions of the Anthropocene. Paul received his B.A. in Art History from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. A current record of his writings, presentations, and interests can be accessed here: Link

Gabriella Shypula

GABRIELLA SHYPULA is a MA/PhD student studying global contemporary feminist new media and performance art in order to further develop her curatorial career. Her research investigates the ways that social media platforms influences contemporary art, specifically how self-identified women artists use digital platforms like Instagram and Tumblr to create virtual spaces for their artistic practices. She also studies the performativity of social media and how selfie culture has shifted modes of self-representation. Gabriella has interned at MoMA’s Department of Media and Performance art, SculptureCenter, A.I.R. Gallery, and the Princeton University Art Museum. She received a BA in Art History and Women’s and Gender Studies with Highest Honors at Rutgers University, New Brunswick studying the ways that new media artists fit into broader art and feminist movements.

Erin Stout

ERIN STOUT is a Ph.D. candidate writing on the postwar avant-garde in the United States, with an interest in expanded art practices, the theatrical in art, and immersive environments. Her dissertation, “You, Me, We: The Techno-social Work of Tony Martin, 1960-70,” is the first full-length study to address Martin’s role in the emerging genre of New Media in the 1960s. Her research considers intermedia practices as an alternative way of understanding modernism by examining the modes of observation audiovisual electronic technologies launched during the postwar period. Erin received her BA in francophone literature from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MA in Art History from Brooklyn College, CUNY. She was a 2016 recipient of the Stony Brook Foundation’s Goldberger Fellowship and currently teaches at California State University in Long Beach.

Lisa Strickland

LISA STRICKLAND is a PhD candidate specializing in postwar environmental sculpture in the United States. Her dissertation examines the intersection of feminist art practice and environmental advocacy since 1965. Lisa completed an M.A. in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University, and a Graduate Certificate in Art and Philosophy. Prior to attending Stony Brook University, Lisa completed a B.A. in Art History and Criticism from Florida State University, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of South Florida. She was awarded the Koppelmann award for her work on gender, and the Goldberger Fellowship for academic excellence. Lisa currently teaches undergraduate courses at Stony Brook University.