Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 312
DegreesHebrew University Jerusalem, Ph.D.
Hebrew University Jerusalem, B.A.
ExpertiseGannit Ankori has published and lectured extensively about modern and contemporary art from a global perspective, with emphasis on issues pertaining to gender, national identity, religion, trauma, exile, hybridity and their manifestations in the creative arts. Her book, "Palestinian Art " (Reaktion Books, London, 2006) was awarded the prestigious “Polonsky Prize for Originality and Creativity in the Humanistic Disciplines”. In addition to her many publications, she has also curated several exhibitions on Israeli and Palestinian art, e.g., "Home" (1997) with Jack Persekian at Gallery Anadiel, Jerusalem and "Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean" (2012) with Dabney Hailey at the Rose Art Museum.
Gannit is internationally renowned for her pathbreaking books and articles on the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, among them the 2013 book "Frida Kahlo" that is part of Reaktion Books' acclaimed 'Critical Lives' series; her 2002 "Imaging Her Selves: Frida Kahlo’s Poetics of Identity and Fragmentation"; and a major catalogue essay for the Kahlo retrospective at Tate Modern, London (2005). She also curated the exhibition and online feature "Frida Kahlo's Intimate Family Picture" at the Jewish Museum in New York (2003-4).
Gannit's current projects include a theoretical study on “Visual Epistemology: The Work of Art as a Source of Knowledge”; a forthcoming book, based on ongoing research being conducted at Harvard University’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program, titled "A Faith of Their Own: Women Artists Re-Vision Religion"; an edited volume of artist texts by Larry Abramson; and a project on "Trauma and Art".
ProfileGannit Ankori joined Brandeis in the fall of 2010 as Professor of Art History and Theory and Chair in Israeli Art at the Department of Fine Arts. In 2013 she was appointed Chair of the Creative Arts School Council. Before coming to Brandeis, she served as the Henya Sharef Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of Art History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was also a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University and at Tufts University's School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Among her many duties at Brandeis, Gannit is an active member of the Rose Art Museum's Advisory Board, and an affiliate of various departments and centers (e.g., The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, The Women Studies Research Center, Latin and Latino American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies program.)
|EL||94a||Experiential Learning Practicum|
|FA||68a||Israeli Art and Visual Culture: Forging Identities Between East and West|
|FA||69b||Inventing Tradition: Women as Artists, Women as Art|
|FA||76a||Palestinian and Israeli Art, Film and Visual Culture: Intersecting Visions|
|FA||174a||Art and Trauma: Israeli, Palestinian, Latin American and United States Art|
|FA||175a||Moving Images: Israeli Video Art in Context|
|FA||178a||Frida Kahlo: Art, Life and Legacy|
|FA||192a||Studies in Modern and Contemporary Art|
|FA/NEJS||183a||Breaking Boundaries in Contemporary Israeli Art|
Awards and Honors
Polonsky Prize for Originality and Creativity in the Humanistic Disciplines for the book "Palestinian Art" (Reaktion Books, London, 2006) (2007)
Publication award from the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fund (2005)
Golda Meir Fellowship (1997)
The Alan Bronfman Prize for outstanding PhD dissertations (1996)
The Scheinbrun Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1996)
Grupo de Mujeres Award from Mexico (1993)
The Herzceg Fund Fellowship for outstanding research in the field of Gender Studies (1991)
The Joseph H. Hazen Prize for Literature on the Plastic Arts of the 20th Century (1989)
Ankori, Gannit. ""Visualizing Layered Traumata: The Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Art"." The Shoah in Israeli Culture, Memory and Politics, Brandeis University. April 28, 2014.
Ankori, Gannit. "A Poetics of Absence and Silence: Miyako Ishiuchi’s Frida Kahlo Photographs." Frida by Ishiuchi. 2014 ed. Mexico City: RM/Museo Frida Kahlo, 2014. unpaginated.
Ankori, Gannit. "Art and Despair." Combatting Despair Through Art. Central Square Theater, Cambridge. April 5, 2014.
Ankori, Gannit. "Keynote: "Israeli Art and Politics"." Israel Studies in the 21st Century: Challenges and Dilemmas, Jindal Global University, New Delhi, India. December 9-10, 2013.
Ankori, Gannit. "On Frida Kahlo." Lecture and book launch organized by University of Chicago Press. 92nd Street Y, New York City. November 12, 2013.
Ankori, Gannit. "Reflections on Israeli Art – from ‘Promised’ to ‘Compromised’ Land." Lecture in conjunction with opening of exhibition of Israeli video art and photography. The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase SUNY, NY. September 22, 2013.
Ankori, Gannit. Frida Kahlo. London: Reaktion Books, 2013.
Ankori, Gannit and Dabney Hailey CURATORS. 100 Steps to the Mediterranean. 2012. Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University.
Ankori, Gannit and Dabney Hailey, ed. Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean. exhibition catalogue with essays by Gannit Ankori and Dabney Hailey, Dor Guez, Samir Srouji: Rose Art Museum and New England University Press, 2012.
Ankori, Gannit. "Gender, Religion and the Power of Art." The International Conference on New Understandings of Gender, Love and the Jewish Family. Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem, Israel. December 26, 2012.
Ankori, Gannit. "Larry Abramson's Archeology of Trauma." Larry Abramson: Paintings 1975-2010. Tel-Aviv: Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, 2010. pp. 18-37 (Hebrew); 380-401 (English).
Ankori, Gannit. "Frida Kahlo." The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. vol 3 vols. 2008.
Ankori, Gannit. "Religion and the Gendered Body [session in honor of Caroline Walker Bynum; convener: President Drew Faust]." Gender and Religion: Authority, Power and Agency, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies and Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University. April 2008.
Ankori, Gannit. "Visual Epistemology: The Study of Art as a Quest for Knowledge (Keynote Lecture)." Inside Knowledge: (Un)doing Methodologies, Imaging Alternatives, University of Amsterdam’s Amsterdam School for Visual Studies. May 29, 2007.
Ankori, Gannit with Samir Srouji and students from Harvard Divinity School and Tufts' School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A Space of Light and Reflection - An Installation. Group Show, 2006. Andover Chapel, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge.
Ankori, Gannit. "A Faith of Their Own: Women Artists Re-vision Religion." Border Crossings: 25 Year Anniversary of the Women Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University. February 3, 2006.
Ankori, Gannit. "Moses, Freud and Frida Kahlo." New Perspectives on Freud’s Moses and Monotheism. Ed. Ilana Pardes and Ruth Ginsberg. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2006. 135-148.
Ankori, Gannit. "Re-Visioning Faith: Christian and Muslim Allusions in Contemporary Palestinian Art." Third Text 20. 3/4 (2006): 379-390.
Ankori, Gannit. "Response (Period Piece: Reflections on its Art Historical Context )." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 22. 2 (2006): 140-144 and figs. 3-6.
Ankori, Gannit. "The ‘Dis-Orientalist’ Art of Raeda Saadeh." Biennale of Sydney: Zones of Contact. Ed. Charles Merewether. Sydney:, 2006. 240.
Ankori, Gannit. Palestinian Art. London: Reaktion Books, 2006.
Ankori, Gannit and Samir Srouji. "Art and Visions for Jerusalem." Jerusalem 2050, MIT, Cambridge MA. April 9, 2005.
Ankori, Gannit. "Frida Kahlo: The Fabric of her Art." Frida Kahlo. Ed. Emma Dexter and Tanya Barson. London: Tate Publications, 2005. 31-46.
Ankori, Gannit. "Frida Kahlo’s Ethics and Aesthetics of Hybridity." The Many Faces of Frida, Tate Modern, London. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2005.
Ankori, Gannit. "Islamic Elements in Contemporary Palestinian Art: Hybridity, Secularization and 'Dis-Orientalism'." College Art Association 92nd Annual Conference; session devoted to 'Islam and Contemporary Art', Seattle. February 20, 2004.
Ankori, Gannit, CURATOR. Frida Kahlo’s Intimate Family Picture. 2003. The Jewish Museum, New York.
Ankori, Gannit. "’Dis-Orientalisms’ – Displaced Bodies/ Embodied Displacements in Contemporary Palestinian Art." Uprootings / Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration. Ed. Sara Ahmed, Claudia Castañeda, Anne-Marie Fortier, Mimi Sheller. Oxford: Berg Press, 2003. 59-90.
Ankori, Gannit. Frida Kahlo: Diary, Art, Life. Ben-Shemen: Modan Publishing, 2003.
Ankori, Gannit. "Frida Kahlo, Moses and Freud." New Perspectives on Freud’s Moses and Monotheism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Center for Comparative Literature. June 5-6, 2002.
Ankori, Gannit. Imaging Her Selves: Frida Kahlo's Poetics of Identity and Fragementation. Westport and London: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002.
Ankori, Gannit. "Bodies of Knowledge: The Art of Larry Abramson." Larry Abramson: Eventus Nocturnos. Haifa: Haifa Museum of Art, 2001. 22-33, 84-94.
Ankori, Gannit. "Frida Kahlo: Anatomy, Theology and Art." Gender, Health and Body: Changing Relationships, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Lafer Center of Women and Gender Studies. April 22-23, 2001.
Ankori, Gannit. "The Jewish Venus." Complex Identities: Jewish Consciousness and Modern Art. Ed. Matthew Baigell and Milly Heyd. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2001. 238-258..
Ankori, Gannit and Tally Tamir. "A Portfolio of Contemporary Photography: Individual Voices from the Margins." The Jerusalem Review 4. (2000): 70-72 and illustrations.
Ankori, Gannit. "The Official History of Israeli Art: A Story of Repressions." Avoda Ivrit: Hebrew Labor, Ein Harod Art Museum. May 1, 1998.
Ankori, Gannit (with Ziva Amishai-Maisels), Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore eds. "Art." Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. 1997.
Ankori, Gannit and Jack Persekian CO-CURATORS. Home. Israeli and Palestinian Artists, group Show, 1997. Anadiel Gallery, Jerusalem.
Ankori, Gannit. "Behind the Walls: The Real and Ideal Jerusalem in Contemporary Palestinian Art." Jewish Art [special issue edited by Bianca Kühnel, The Real and Ideal Jerusalem in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Art] (1997): 575-585..
Ankori, Gannit. "Transfigurer le banal en métaphore: l’art de Khalil Rabah." Artistes palestiniens contemporains. Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe, 1997. 72-77.
Ankori, Gannit. "Voies choisies: l’art de Souleiman Mansour." Artistes palestiniens contemporains. Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe, 1997. 66-71.
Ankori, Gannit. "Mapping the Homeland in Israeli and Palestinian Art." One Hundred Years of Culture in Eretz-Yisrael, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 1996.
Ankori, Gannit. "Morphology of Memory: The Art of Yocheved Weinfeld." Long Memory/ Short Memory. Ed. Nella Cassouto. Raleigh, North Carolina:, 1996. 46-50.
Ankori, Gannit. "Israelische und palästinensische Kunst: Punkte der Berührung, Punkte des Gegensatzes." Wohin? Israelisch-Palästinensische Kunstausstellung. Ed. Gabriele Heins. Hamburg:, 1995. 10-24.
Ankori, Gannit. The Immigrant’s Daughter: Frida Kahlo’s Other Identity. Proc. of Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies. Jerusalem: 1994.
Ankori, Gannit. "The Hidden Frida: Covert Jewish Elements in the Art of Frida Kahlo." Jewish Art 19/20. (1993): 224-247.
Ankori, Gannit. "Beyond the Wall: On Some Tangential Points between Palestinian Art and Pre-State Israeli Painting.." Kav Art Quarterly 10. (1990): 163-169.
Ankori, Gannit. "New York: Robert Morris and TODT." Kav Art Quarterly 9. (1989): 54-67.
Ankori, Gannit. "Yocheved Weinfeld’s Portraits of the Self." Woman’s Art Journal 10. 2 (1989): 22-27 and inside cover.
Ankori, Gannit. "The Other Jerusalem: Images of the Holy City in Contemporary Palestinian Painting." Jewish Art 14. (1988): 74-92.