First Ever Chair in Israeli Art Named

Gannit Ankori
Anar Green
Gannit Ankori
Adding even more breadth to an art history program that already includes specialists in areas ranging from French impressionism and Islamic art to the age of Rubens and Rembrandt, and from medieval England to Chinese antiquities, the Department of Fine Arts has named its first-ever chair in Israeli art. The appointment of Gannit Ankori to the newly established position was announced last fall at the dedication of the Mandel Center for the Humanities, the new home of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

Widely known for her expertise in Israeli and Palestinian art, Ankori served as a visiting professor at Brandeis prior to taking on her current role. Previously chair of the art history department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she has also been a visiting associate professor at Harvard University and at Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her book “Palestinian Art,” published by Reaktion Books in London and distributed in the United States by the University of Chicago Press, won the Polonsky Prize for Originality and Creativity in the Humanistic Disciplines.

Not restricting her scholarship to things Middle Eastern, Ankori has written and taught extensively on exile, trauma and gender-related issues. She is the author of numerous articles and two books on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, including “Imaging Her Selves: Frida Kahlo’s Poetics of Identity and Fragmentation” and a major catalog essay for Kahlo’s Tate Modern retrospective in London. She has also curated a Kahlo exhibition for the Jewish Museum in New York.