EPCAF Team 2017-2019
President: Lily Woodruff is Assistant 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 Journal, nonsite.org, and caa.reviews. 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.
Director of Research: Emmanuel Guy is Assistant Professor of Art and Design History at The New School, Parsons Paris. His research focuses on the history of 20th century avant-garde and counterculture in art and design as well as strategic history and theory. He graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in 2007 and obtained his Agrégation de Lettres Modernes that same year. His doctoral research focused on French artist, filmmaker and marxist theorist Guy Debord, and more particularly on his little-known Game of War, a strategic board game that Debord designed in the 1950s, played throughout his life and hoped to disseminate as a revolutionary tool. Guy curated, among other exhibitions, “Guy Debord. Un Art de la Guerre” at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 2013. His recent publications include: Emmanuel Guy et Laurence Le Bras, Guy Debord. Un Art de la Guerre, Paris, BnF/Gallimard, 2013; Fabien Danesi, Fabrice Flahutez, Emmanuel Guy, La Fabrique du cinéma de Guy Debord, Arles, Actes Sud, 2013, Emmanuel Guy et Laurence Le Bras, Lire Debord, Montreuil, L’Échappée, 2016. He is currently working on a publication based on his dissertation with B42 éditions, Paris. At Parsons Paris, Emmanuel Guy oversees the MA program in History of Design and Curatorial Studies.
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 History, Art Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, May Revue, Tate Papers, X-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.
Deborah Laks is Scientific Coordinator at the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, and teaches at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Sciences po, and École du Louvre. She is the author of Des déchets pour mémoire. L’utilisation de matériaux de récupération par les nouveaux réalistes (1955-1975) (2017).
Jasmina Tumbas is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art 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, Assistant 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, Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Rosemary O’Neill, Associate Professor at Parsons, The New School, New York