Distinguished Professor of 20th Century European & American Art
Professor Emily Braun is Distinguished Professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her 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; Cubism and popular culture; and theories of viewer reception. She also writes on European art since 1945. Since 1987 Braun has curated the Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Cubist Art. She is the author of Mario Sironi and Italian Modernism: Art and Politics under Fascism (2000), hailed by historians and art historians as “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). Most recently Braun co-curated Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection (2014) for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-edited the catalogue, which won First Place from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), as well as the Henry Allen Moe Prize, New York Historical Association, for Catalogue of Distinction in the Arts. In 2016 she curated and authored Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: it was honored with the 2016 Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award. Her other exhibitions include Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy (co-curator, 1989, The Jewish Museum, New York); and De Chirico and America (1996, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College) which was organized with her graduate students at Hunter College.
Current and recent dissertations she has supervised focus on Futurism, Transatlantic dialogues, Art and Totalitarianism, Magic Realism between the wars, postwar British art, and Arte Povera.
Selected Publications since 2010:
“The Dirt Paradigm” in Postwar: Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic: 1945-1963, edited by Okwui Enwezor et al. Munich: Haus der Kunst, 2016.
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:
2016 Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award for Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting (New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)
2016 Honorable Mention (Second Place), The 2015 Awards of Excellence for Catalogue Publication, The Association of Art Museum Curators for Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting (New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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