History of Art and Architecture

Emi Finkelstein


Emi Finkelstein specializes in modern and contemporary Eastern/East Central European art, with an emphasis on Poland, the German Democratic Republic, former Yugoslavia, and Romania. Her current work looks at the transition between modernism and contemporaneity in the region vis-à-vis the bureaucratic structures of the European Union and the Russian Federation. She is interested in issues of curation, performance, gender, nationalism, trauma, and large-scale painting/photography. Emi is a curator who has taken part in exhibitions in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. 

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 Publications

“The (Artist’s) Body and the (Global) East” in Art, Identity, & Cultural Diplomacy: (Re) Inventing Eastern and Western Europe from the Cold War to the Present, ed. Cassandra Sciortino. Leuven: Leuven University Press, expected Spring 2020.

 “The Map and the Territory” in Carnegie International, 57th Edition: The Dispatch, ed. Ingrid Schaeffner. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2019.

Selected Awards

Marstine Prize, Dig Where You Stand at the 57th Carnegie International, 2019 (with Becca Giordano, Paula Kupfer, Ellen Larson and Katie Loney)

Summer fellow, Foreign Language Area Studies, University of Pittsburgh. Summer 2019.

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

Selected Exhibitions

Curator, “Finding Her Own Voice: Beauty in the Mundane.” University of Pittsburgh, March 2019.

Curatorial Team, “Global Gestures.” UAG, University of Pittsburgh, February-March 2019.

Curatorial Assistant, “Dig Where You Stand.” 57thCarnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, October 2018-March 2019.

Guest Curator, “Imag(in)ing Loss: Media and Melancholy in Feminist Experimental Film.” Silver Eye Center for Photography, March 2018.

Selected Presentations

“Dürfen Kommunisten (immer noch) Träumen? Contemporary Display and the Gallery of the Palast der Republik” German Studies Association, 42nd Annual Conference, September 2018.

“Communist Past, Capitalist Memory: the Gallery of the Palast der Republik then and now” GGSA Conference 2018, February 2018.

 “Neo Rauch and the New Leipzig School” Presentation in “German Aesthetics,” MA/MFA course with Joachim Pissarro Hunter College, November 2018. 

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