Christine Poggi

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Christine Poggi is Professor of modern and contemporary art and criticism in the History of Art Department. She is also a member of the Graduate Group in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and is an affiliated member of the Program in Slavic Languages and Literature.  She received her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, the Dedalus Foundation, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2009, she received the Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Christine Poggi is currently serving as Faculty Director of the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women, and of the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program.

Research Interests: 

Christine Poggi’s research has focused on early twentieth century European avant-gardes, the invention of collage and constructed sculpture, and the relationship of art to emerging forms of labor and technology.  She also works on the art of the sixties and seventies and on contemporary art.  Current research projects address the nexus of immigration, crossing borders, mapping, and labor in contemporary art (with special focus on Santiago Sierra, Tehching Hsieh, and Chantal Akerman), and the political meanings of re-staged avant-garde theatrical works in the 1920s (El Lissitzky, Ruggero Vasari) and in the present (Luca Buvoli). She remains interested in the relation of art, newspaper, and other forms of mass media, and in the ways works of art address singular or collective beholders


Christine Poggi’s book, Inventing Futurism: The Art and Politics of Artificial Optimism (Princeton University Press, 2009) was awarded the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association for a book on any phase of literature, comparative literature, or culture dealing with Italian. She is also co-editor, with Lawrence Rainey and Laura Wittman, of a new collection of Futurist manifestos, creative texts, and images, titled Futurism: An Anthology (Yale University Press, 2009).

Other publications include In Defiance of Painting: Cubism, Futurism, and the Invention of Collage (Yale University Press, 1992), and essays in Modernism/Modernity, Art Journal, Critical Inquiry, The Art Bulletin, The Yale Journal of Criticism, Res, Modern Painters, and numerous anthologies and exhibition catalogues. In 2008 she co-curated (with Meredith Malone) an exhibition on the work of Vito Acconci held at the Slought Foundation ("Power Fields: Explorations in the Work of Vito Acconci").

Her essays have explored a variety of topics including the representation of madness in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century French and Italian art, the appeal to crowds in the art of the last two centuries, the Futurist art of noise, Picasso’s first constructed sculpture, the handling of materials in Cubism, and the multiple roles played by newspaper in the art of the fifties and sixties.

Courses Taught: 

Graduate seminars:

Fall 2006
ARTH 786: Art and Criticism of the Sixties and Seventies

Spring 2007
ARTH 586: Twentieth Century Theory and Criticism

Fall 2007
ARTH 501:  Curatorial Seminar: Vito Acconci (This course organized an exhibition held at the Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, and produced a DVD of a conversation with the artist)

Fall 2008
ARTH 786: Futurism

Spring 2010
ARTH 786: Pablo Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris (co-taught with Curator Michael Taylor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to coincide with the concurrent exhibition on Picasso)

Undergraduate lectures and seminars:

Spring 2006
ARTH 301:  Spiegel Seminar: Andy Warhol and Pop Art (This seminar included trips to Moma, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh)

Fall 2006-09
ARTH 286: Twentieth Century Art: 1900 to 1945

Spr. 2006-08
ARTH 287: Contemporary Art: 1945 to the Present

Spring 2008
ARTH 301: Art Historical Methods

Fall 2009
ARTH 100: Spiegel Seminar: The Venice Biennale: Making Worlds  (co-taught with Ruth Erickson): this freshman seminar studied contemporary art through the lens of the Venice Biennale and included a 5-day trip to Venice

Spring 2009-10
ARTH 102: Renaissance to Contemporary (co-taught with Professor Michael Cole in Spring 2009, and with Professor André Dombrowski in Spring 2010)