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Romy Golan
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1989
Research Interests: 20th Century Art and Historiography

Professor of 20th-Century Art

Professor Romy Golan came to the Graduate Center after having taught at Vassar College and Yale University. She is the author of Modernity and Nostalgia: Art and Politics in France Between the Wars (Yale Univ. Press, 1995) and Muralnomad: The Paradox of Wall Painting, Europe 1927-1957 (Yale Univ. Press, 2009; French transl. Editions Macula, 2019). Flashback, Eclipse: The Political Imaginary of Italian Art in the 1960s is forthcoming with Zone Books in 2021. 

She is currently working on a series of scenes, all of which involve the homology posited by Jacques Rancière in La méthode de la scène between the space of politics and stagecraft. It engages with his assertion that there is no such thing as an “off-stage,” in the sense of being hidden, and that all political scenarios are, in fact, manifest. 

Current dissertations under her supervision focus on Le Corbusier’s unrealised museums, exhibitions and modern nation building, Die Brücke and commodity production, Socialist Realisms in ex-Eastern Europe, and Asian artists in postwar Europe and the US. 

For a full list of Professor Golan's publications, please visit her webpage at


"Dufy’s Tapestries: Vignettes," Le Paris de Dufy (Paris: Musée de Montmartre, 2021)

"Renato Guttuso's Boogie Woogie in Rome (1953): A Geopolitical Tableau," Art History 43, no. 5 (November 2020): 1008–1037

"Is Fascist realism a magic realism?" Res 73–74 (Spring/Autumn 2020): 221–237

“Monumental Fairytales: Mural Images during the Ventennio” Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics Italia 1918–1945 (Milan: Prada Foundation, 2018)

"Temporalités cachées dans Campo Urbano, Côme, 1969" In Transbordeur: photographie histoire société, no. 1 (2017)

"Vitalità del negativo/ Negativo della vitalità." October no. 150 (Fall 2014): 113-132

"Paris: A Cardboard Promenade." In Le Corbusier: Landscapes for the Machine Age, 282-289 (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2013)

"The Scene of a Disappearance." Giosetta Fioroni: L'Argento, 87-102 (New York: The Drawing Center, 2013)

“Chronicle of a Disappearance Foretold,” Interspaces: Art + Architectural Exchanges from East to West (Melbourne: University of Melbourne, 2012)

“The World Fair: A Transmedial Theatre.” Encuentros con los años 30, 173-186 (Madrid: Museo Reina Sofia, 2012)

“Equivoci : Le Corbusier al Convegno Volta” L’Italia di Le Corbusier (Rome: MAXXI, 2012)

“Flashbacks and Eclipses in Italian Art in the 1960s,” Grey Room (Oct. 2012): 102-27

"La possibilità di un fotomurale socialista." Memoria e ricerca (January-April 2010): 81-95

Muralnomad: The Paradox of Wall Painting, Europe 1927-1957  (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009)

"Pointe de chute: Restany à Domus, Le Demi-Siècle de Pierre Restany/The Half Century of Pierre Restany. Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (Paris: INHA, 2007)

"Ingestion / Anti-Pasta." Cabinet Magazine no. 10 (Spring 2003): 12-15

"From Monument to Muralnomad: The Mural in Modernist Architecture," in The Built Surface: Architecture and Pictures from Antiquity to the Millenium, Vol. 2., ed. Karen Koehler (London: Ashgate Press, 2002)

"L'éternel décoratif: French art in the 1950s." Yale French Studies 98, The French Fifties (Spring 2000): 98-118

Modernity and Nostalgia: Art and Politics in France between the Wars (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995)

"Triangulating the Surrealist Fetish." Visual Anthropology Review 50, no. 1 (Spring 1994): 50-65

With Kenneth E. Silver. The Circle of Montparnasse: Jewish Artists in Paris 1905-1945 (New York: Universe Books, 1985)

Book Reviews:

Merjian, Ara H. Review of Muralnomad: The Paradox of Wall Painting, Europe 1927-1957, by Romy Golan, and Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, The Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France, by Karen Fiss. Oxford Art Journal, 2013

White, Anthony. Review of Muralnomad: The Paradox of Wall Painting, Europe 1927-1957, by Romy Golan., June 25, 2012

Weber, Eugene. Review of Modernity and Nostalgia: Art and Politics in France Between the Wars, by Romy Golan. The Times Literary Supplement, November 10, 1995

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