Distinguished Professor of 20th Century European & American Art
Professor Emily Braun's research interests are interdisciplinary and include: the interaction between political ideologies and visual representation; the construction of gender and otherness in art criticism; the history of exhibitions and collecting; theories of viewer reception. She has written extensively on modern Italian art and Fascist culture. Her book, Mario Sironi and Italian Modernism: Art and Politics under Fascism (2000) has been described as a “landmark,” a “work that is as indispensable for cultural historians of twentieth century Europe as it is for historians of the visual arts” (The Journal of Modern History, 2002). Since 1987 she has been the Curator of the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, now a promised gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She is an active curator ("De Chirico and America," 1996) and has contributed to numerous scholarly exhibition catalogues in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Her awards include a fellowship from the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (2002-2003) and a Senior Research Grant from the Getty Foundation (1993). She has twice received the annual Henry Allen Moe Prize for the best art catalogue: as a contributing editor to Northern Light: Realism and Symbolism in Scandinavian Painting (1982) and co-author of Gardens and Ghettos (1990). The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and their Salons, for which she was the co-curator and co-author, won a National Jewish Book Award for 2005.
Selected Publications since 2010:
Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2015.
Cubism: The Leonard A Lauder Collection (co-edited with Rebecca Rabinow). New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014.
De Chirico: The Song of Love. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2014.
“Shock and Awe: Futurist Aeropittura and the Theories of Giulio Douhet” Italian Futurism: 1909-1944 Reconstructing the Universe, edited by Vivien Greene, 269-273. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2014.
"Easel painting in the age of Italian unification." Journal of Modern Italian Studies 18, no. 2 (2013): 205-210.
"Italian barbara: Italian primitives from Piero to Pasolini." Journal of Modern Italian Studies 17, no. 3 (2012): 259-270.
"Saturday Evenings at the Steins'." In The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde, edited by Janet Bishop, 48-67. San Francisco/New Haven: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yale University Press, 2011. (Winner of the 2016 Frick Museum Center for the History of Collecting, Biennial Prize for a Distinguished Publication on the History of Collecting and the 2012 Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award.)
"Bodies from the Crypt and Other Tales of Italian Sculpture between the Wars." In Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936, edited by Kenneth E. Silver, 145-157. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2010.
Selected Prizes and Fellowships:
2015 Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. First Place Award, Excellence for Catalogue Publication, Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC); and the Henry Allen Moe Prize, New York Historical Association, for Catalogue of Distinction in the Arts.
2015 (and 2001): The Hunter College Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
2006 The National Jewish Book Award: The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and their Salons (New Haven. Yale University Press, 2005).
2002-2003 New York Public Library, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship