Professor of Fine Arts and Chair in Israeli Art, Department of Fine Arts and Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Gannit is the newly appointed Chair of the Creative Arts School Council.
She has published extensively in the field of Israeli and Palestinian art, with special emphasis on issues pertaining to gender, nationalism, religion, trauma, exile, hybridity and their manifestations in the visual arts. Her book, "Palestinian Art " (Reaktion Books, London, 2006) was awarded a “Polonsky Prize for Originality and Creativity in the Humanistic Disciplines” in 2007. She has curated several exhibitions of Israel and Palestinian artists, among them "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.
She has also published three books and many articles on the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, among them her 2013 book "Frida Kahlo" that is part of Reaktion Book's 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 a Kahlo exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York (2003-4).
Her current projects include a theoretical study on “Visual Epistemology: The Work of Art as a Source of Knowledge” and 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."
Gannit 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. 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 previously held appointments as Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University and at Tufts University's School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Hebrew University Jerusalem, Ph.D.
Hebrew University Jerusalem, B.A.
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)
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