Associate Professor and Program Head of Visual Studies
Visual Studies, Art History
Leah Modigliani, PhD
Leah Modigliani is an artist and scholar whose research employs the methods and languages of a variety of disciplines including fine arts, art history, critical theory, cultural studies, geography and anthropology. Her academic interests include the history of the avant-garde and its relationship to political critique, the history of photography, the history of conceptual art, social dissent since 1968 and feminist politics of visual representation and discourse.
Modigliani's artwork has been exhibited internationally at galleries and museums, including Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Colby College Museum of Art, Maine; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto.
Her critical writing can be found in academic journals and contemporary art magazines such as Prefix Photo, Art Criticism and C Magazine. Her book, Engendering an avant-garde: the unsettled landscapes of Vancouver photo-conceptualism, was published by Manchester University Press's Rethinking Art's Histories series in 2018.
PhD, Art History and Criticism, Stony Brook University, 2010
MFA, Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute, 1997
BFA, Studio Art, Concordia University, 1993
Selected Awards and Residencies
Artist in Residence (2017)
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Canada Council Research Grant for Professional Independent Critics and Curators (2012)
Modigliani, L. (2020). Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum.
Modigliani. L. (2019, Fall). Critical Plagiarism and the Politics of Creative Labor: Photographs,
History, and Re-enactment. Mapping Meaning, the Journal 3, 86-99.
Modigliani, L. (2018). Engendering an Avant-Garde: The Unsettled Landscapes of Vancouver
Photo-Conceptualism. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Modigliani, L. (2018). Washington D.C., 1939; Basle, 1957; Paris, 1958; Berkeley, 1969;
Chicago, 1969; London, 1969, Windsor, 1982… Art Gallery of Windsor. Windsor,
ON, February 17–May 13, 2018.
Modigliani, L. (2017–2018). How long can we tolerate this? An Incomplete Record from
1933–1999. Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, September 1, 2017–January 7, 2018.