Patryk P. Tomaszewski

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Research Interests

  • Twentieth-century Western art; Socialist Realisms; Eastern European and Russian avant-gardes; art under authoritarian regimes; history of photography


  • M.Phil., Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • M.A., Art History and Archaeology, The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
  • B.A. (Honors), Art History and German, Fordham University

Patryk P. Tomaszewski is an Adjunct Lecturer in Art History at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, where he has taught since 2016, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation examines Socialist Realist art in the former Poland under the Stalinist regime (1949-1956). By focusing on state-sponsored exhibitions of painting and sculpture, it analyzes the ways in which the cultural model of Socialist Realism—and the idealized version of reality it hoped to transmit—was received, institutionalized, and circulated among the post-war societies in Central and Eastern Europe.

Patryk previously served the Mellon Humanities Alliance Teaching Fellow at La Guardia Community College and completed internship programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His writing has been published, among other outlets, in “ArtMargins Online” and “post. Notes on Modern and Contemporary Art Around the Globe" managed and edited by the curatorial staff at MoMA. In 2020, he contributed an essay to the edited monographic volume on the Polish contemporary artist Xawery Wolski published by Skira. Most recently, he organized an exhibition titled “Henryk Stazewski: Constructing Reliefs” (October to November 2021) at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, for which he also served as the catalogue editor.