New Professor of Modern Art to Join the Department

June 20, 2018

Aglaya Glebova has been Assistant Professor of Art History and Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine since 2014. In 2017 she received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy; her research has also been supported by a University of California President’s Fellowship in the Humanities, the Canadian Center for Architecture, and the ACLS, among others. She received her PhD in History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Glebova is currently in the final stages of completing a book on Russian modernist Aleksandr Rodchenko’s work. Spanning the heady experimentation of the leftist avant-garde and the monumental rigidity often associated with socialist realism, the book presents a new narrative of modernism’s alleged end in the Soviet Union and, with it, a reconsideration of the so-called return to order in European art of the 1920s and 1930s. Two other research projects are underway: the first examines iconic works of late Soviet modernism and socialist realism from the viewpoint of their investment in mobility and ephemerality, while the second centers on photography made in confinement and not meant for dissemination: the little known and largely unpublished photographic archives of the gulags, produced by anonymous photographers.

In addition to her field-leading research, Prof Glebova brings to Yale a reputation as a lively and committed teacher across a wide range of subject matter.