New York University has announced the appointment of art historian Christine Poggi, currently a professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania, as the new Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts. She will succeed Patricia Rubin, who has served as director for eight years and will step down from the role. Poggi will assume her responsibilities on September 1.
NYU President Andrew Hamilton said, “Her commitment to high academic standards will ensure that the Institute will continue to enjoy a reputation for excellence, and her demonstrable success at the University of Pennsylvania in encouraging cross-department collaborations and institutional partnerships is very much in line with the emphasis we put on such efforts here at NYU.”
During her tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, Poggi served as chair of the undergraduate and graduate program; director of the program in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies; and director of the Alice Paul Center for the Study of Gender, Sexuality, and Women. Poggi has authored a number of books, including In Defiance of Painting: Cubism, Futurism, and the Invention of Collage (1992) and Inventing Futurism: The Art and Politics of Artificial Optimism (2009), which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s Howard R. Marraro Prize. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, and National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. She has also received the University of Pennsylvania’s Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching. Poggi earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, her master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. from Yale University. Her principal areas of study include modern and contemporary art and criticism, the early twentieth-century avant-garde, the invention of collage, and the rise of abstraction.