Ksenia Yachmetz is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is a Dodge Fellow, holding a Graduate Curatorial Assistantship in the Nancy and Norton Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Her research focuses on historicizing the years 1989 and 1991 as turning points within Soviet and post-Soviet art historical narratives across Central and Eastern Europe.
Ksenia graduated summa cum laude from New York University in 2009 with degrees in Art History and Russian & Slavic Studies. There, she wrote her undergraduate honors thesis under the advisement of professors Pepe Karmel and Boris Groys. Her thesis, entitled “A Genealogy of Power: Soviet and Post-Soviet Political Art,” theorized the relationship between Ukrainian and Romanian contemporary art and post-Soviet politics in light of the legacy of the historical avant-garde. Excerpts of it have been presented at conferences and published in journals associated with the Cleveland Museum of Art, Bowling Green University, and Northwestern University. Over the years in pursuit of her research, Ksenia has lived and studied in the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, and Germany.
Both during and after college, Ksenia has held internships at Marian Goodman Gallery, the Ukrainian Museum of New York, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, and the New Museum. In summer 2011, she was a research assistant for the Thomas Walther Collection in the Departments of Photography and Conservation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Within the past year, she was appointed Administrator of The Malevich Society, an academic organization established for the pursuit and promotion of scholarship on the Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich.
Ms. Yachmetz will present “Here, There, Everywhere: Theoretical and Applied Mappings of Contemporary Eastern European Art” during Panel #2.