History of Art and Architecture

Emi Finkelstein


Emi Finkelstein specializes in modern and contemporary German and Eastern European art. Her current work looks at art produced in the former German Democratic Republic, specifically in Leipzig, in the years leading up to and following the Wende. Emi's research interests revolve around ideas surrounding European avant-gardes, curation, performance, transgression, reproduction, and subversion, as well as trauma. She is an active collage artist and curator, and has curated exhibitions with institutions in Germany, Scotland, and the United States.

Education Details

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, in progress

MLitt, History of Art, University of Glasgow, 2016
Dissertation: "Der geteilte Himmel: Aesthetics, Politics, and Pedagogy in the Leipziger Schule"

BA, History of Art/German, Bryn Mawr College, 2014
Thesis: "The Art of Mourning: Melancholia and the Palast der Republik"

Selected Awards

Exchange Fellow, Fulbright/Austrian-American Education Commission. Fall 2014 - Summer 2015.

Selected Conferences

"Ästhetik, Politik und Pädagogik der Leipziger Schule," presented at the Transatlantic Workshop on East German Art, Albertinum, Dresden, Germany. May 2017.

"Wolfgang Mattheuer: Art and Times," presented at the Graduate Research Symposium at the University of Glasgow. Summer 2016.

"Gender in Berlin Dada: Hannah Höch's Photomontage," presented at the Undergraduate Conference in German Studies, Lafayette College. Spring 2014.