EPCAF Team 2017-2019

Co-Chair: Lily Woodruff is Associate Professor of Art History at Michigan State University. Her first book, Disordering the Establishment: Participatory Art and Institutional Critique in France, 1958-1981, is forthcoming with Duke University Press. It analyzes the way that artists transformed techniques of institutional conservatism in order to encourage critical public participation and social engagement. It focuses on the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel, Daniel Buren, André Cadere, and the Collectif d’Art Sociologique. Her articles and exhibition reviews have appeared in Art, and Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, Chateaubriand, Jeanne Marandon, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Northwestern University, and Michigan State University.

Co-ChairRaffaele Bedarida is an art historian and curator specializing in twentieth-century Italian art and politics. In particular, his research has focused on cultural diplomacy, migration, and cultural exchange between Italy and the United States. He is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Cooper Union, New York. Bedarida is the author of two monographs in Italian, Bepi Romagnoni: Il Nuovo Racconto (Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2005) and Corrado Cagli: La pittura, l’esilio, L’America (Rome: Donzelli, 2018; English edition upcoming), and numerous articles for academic journals (International Yearbook of Futurism StudiesOxford Art Journal, Tate Modern’s In Focus) and exhibition catalogues (MART, Rovereto; CIMA, New York; Fundacion Juan March, Madrid; Frederick Kiesler Foundation, Vienna). He holds a PhD from the Art History Department of the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as MA and BA degrees in Art History from the Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy. Bedarida is currently working on the manuscript for his book: ‘Like a Giant Screen:’ The Promotion of Contemporary Italian Art in the United States, 1935–1969.

Exiting President: Catherine Dossin, Associate Professor at Purdue University.


Amy Bryzgel is Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She specializes in contemporary art from Eastern Europe and Russia from the second half of the twentieth century. She is the author of Performance art in Eastern Europe since 1960 (Manchester University Press, 2017) and Performing the East: Performance Art in Russia, Latvia and Poland Since 1980 (I.B. Taurus, 2013).

Brianne Cohen is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research and teaching focuses on contemporary art in the public sphere. From participatory art to lens-based activism, she examines artistic practices particularly concerned with global migration, postcolonial histories, political violence, and ecology and environmentalism. Her book project, “Preventive Publics: Contemporary Art and the Idea of Europe,” examines contemporary art that grapples with cross-cultural affiliation in 21st-century Europe. Centered around the art of Harun Farocki, Thomas Hirschhorn, and the artist collective Henry VIII’s Wives, it charts a shifting generational outlook on transnational European identification, from post-Holocaust unification and decolonization, to more recently contested issues of secularism, globalization, and refugee movement. Before joining CU Boulder, she taught as a visiting assistant professor at Amherst College and Brown University. After receiving her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, she also held a joint postdoctoral fellowship at the Université catholique de Louvain and Lieven Gevaert Centre in Belgium. From this research, she co-edited a book, The Photofilmic: Entangled Images in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture (Leuven University Press and Cornell University Press, 2016).

Liam Considine is Visiting Assistant Professor of art history at Pratt Institute.  His current book project, “New Realisms: Pop and Politics in France, 1962-1968,” examines the impact of Pop art in France across painting, cinema and graphic design during the 1960s.  His criticism is focused on the intersection of art, politics and neoliberal market forces.  Considine holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and was a critical studies fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program.  His writing has appeared in Art HistoryArt Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, May RevueTate PapersX-TRA Art Quarterly and elsewhere.

Sophie Cras is Maître de conférences at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. An English translation of her book, L’économie à l’épreuve de l’art. Art et capitalisme dans les années 1960 (2017), is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press.

Jasmina Tumbas is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Buffalo. She received her PhD in Art History from Duke University. Her teaching and research fields focus on modern and contemporary art history and theory, histories and theories of performance, body and conceptual art, art and activism, feminist art, critical theory, and contemporary East European art history. She is currently finishing her first book, The Erotics of Dictatorship: Art, Sex, and Politics under Yugoslav Socialism, and serves as co-editor for the anthology Radical Art in Transition: Counter-Culture, Protest, Resistance and Contemporary Art in the Balkans since 1968. Her research has appeared in ArtMargins, Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, and Art and Documentation/Sztuka i Dokumentacja, and in the anthologies BODIES THAT MATTER AGAIN and Performing Arts in the Second Public Sphere. In Buffalo, Tumbas curated Selma Selman’s first U.S. solo show at Dreamland in Buffalo, an exhibition that travelled to Vienna, Austria, and she serves on the Board of Directors of Squeaky Wheel. Besides English, Tumbas can be contacted in German and Serbo-Croatian languages.


EPCAF Team 2015-2017

President: Catherine Dossin, Associate Professor at Purdue University

Director of Research: Lily Woodruff, Associate Professor at Michigan State University


Noit Banai, Professor, University of Vienna

Adrian Duran, Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha

Emmanuel Guy, Assistant Professor at Parsons-Paris, The New School

Maud Jacquin, Independent Scholar

Karen Kurczynski, Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Rosemary O’Neill, Associate Professor at Parsons, The New School, New York