History and Theory of Contemporary Art

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Marcelo Sousa

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Fiona Hovenden

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Thea Quiray Tagle

Thea Quiray Tagle researches Filipino/American social movements and the production of postcolonial subjectivities in visual cultural productions, performance, and literature. She also specializes in Third World and women of color feminisms, critical geography, film studies, and queer theory. Quiray Tagle is currently completing her dissertation, an exploration of contemporary Filipino/American cultural works that materially and metaphorically remap networks of kinship and identity in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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Alexander Greenhough

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Sampada Aranke

My research interrogates the intersection of corpses and corporeality as made visible through durational state performances of antiblack violence. My research interests include performance and the historical archive, raced and gendered histories of the body, historical and contemporary racialized violence in the U.S., questions of embodiment, feminist antiracist performance practice, and methodological concerns in art practice. My training is primarily in the field of Performance Studies and its concerns with questions of the body.

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Katie Anania

Katie Anania is a historian of postwar American and European art and teaches courses at SFAI on contemporary art, intimacy, food cultures, and the history of sculpture. Her doctoral dissertation, which has earned awards from the Getty Research Institute, the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, the Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center, examines the confluence of new drawing strategies and expanding notions of interpersonal communication and disclosure in 1960s urban America.

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Glen Helfand

Glen Helfand is a writer and educator concentrating on contemporary art and culture. His writing appears in Artforum and numerous other publications. He coordinates SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, which covers a wide range of artistic and critical practices. He is particularly interested in the artist interview as format, art as it relates to commerce, and site-based works. He has curated exhibitions for the de Young Museum, San Jose Museum, Mills College Art Museum, and Dust Gallery in Las Vegas. He is credited as coining the term “Mission School.”

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Claire Daigle

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Bill Berkson

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Nicole Archer

Nicole Archer researches contemporary art and material culture, with an emphasis in modern textile and garment histories. She also concentrates on critical and psychoanalytic theory, corporeal feminism, and performance studies. Her dissertation, A Looming Possibility: Towards a Theory of the Textile, considers how critical understandings and uses of textiles can challenge and extend poststructuralist theories of the text. In her teaching, she explores the relations of politics and aesthetics through examinations of style, embodiment, and desire.

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