History of Art and Architecture

Benjamin Ogrodnik



As a PhD Candidate with joint entry in History of Art and Film Studies, Ben's research lies at the intersection of film and the visual arts. Ben’s dissertation examines the individuals and institutions that transformed Pittsburgh into a global center of avant-garde art and filmmaking in the 1970s and 1980s. He is especially interested in the remarkable flowering of media art centers and museum film programs across the world during those decades. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Avant-Garde and Experimental Cinema
  • Late Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Critical Theory
  • Digital Humanities Methods
  • Curatorial Studies

Education Details

M.A., English/Film Studies, The Ohio State University, 2011

B.A., English/Media Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 2009

Selected Publications

Ogrodnik, Benjamin. “Listening to the ‘Multi-Voiced’ Feminist Film: Aspects of Voice-over, Female Stardom, and Audio-Visual Pleasure in Stephanie Beroes’ The Dream Screen(1986).” AM Journal of Art and Media StudiesNo. 15 (April 2018): 67 – 82.

Ogrodnik, Benjamin. “In memory of Braddock: Tony Buba’s portraits of working-class life.”JUMP CUT: A Review of Contemporary Media. May 2018. Web. 

Ogrodnik, Benjamin. “Today’s Cutting Edge is Tomorrow’s Obsolete: An Interview with Cory Arcangel and Tina Kukielski.” Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture Vol. 3 (2014): 184-192.

Selected Awards

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2018-2019

Andrew Mellon Fellow in Curation and Education, 2017-2018

Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2016-2017 

Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award - Honorable Mention, 2016

Selected Confrences

“Meta-Curating the Experimental Media Field in the 1970s: Sally Dixon and the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Film Section.” The College Art Association Annual Conference. New York, New York. February 2019. (accepted)

“Refashioning Gender in the Postindustrial Ruin: Domestic Crisis and Intersectional Union Feminism in Steffi Domike’s Women of Steel(1985).” The 2018 Cultural Studies Association Conference. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. May 2018.

“Steelworker with a Movie Camera: Rethinking the Industrial Art Film in an Era of U.S. Deindustrialization.” The 48thAnnual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art. Washington, D.C. March 2018. 

“Film-as-Art: Excavating the Alliance of Art Museums and Experimental Filmmakers in the 1960s and 1970s.” Pittsburgh Guest Lecture at the Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image/LUX. London, England. December 2017.