Director, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
History of Art
Christine Poggi is Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary art and criticism. Her 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 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"). 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.
Current research projects comprise essays on Picasso's early constructed guitars; newspaper's function as a temporal marker in contemporary art; the nexus of law and image in the performative works of several contemporary artists (Michelangelo Pistoletto, Teching Hsieh, Santiago Sierra, and Chantal Akerman); and the multi-media "Meta-Futurist" project of contemporary artist Luca Buvoli. She is interested in the relations of modern art and technology, in how art engages mass publics, and in contemporary works of art that propose new models of avant-garde temporality and of social intervention.