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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art Announces Fellows for the 2024–2025 Academic Year


The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, a leading research organization dedicated exclusively to the study of modernism and its global and historical contexts, announced its 2024–2025 Fellowships, marking the 10th anniversary of the program. 

  • Alexandra Dennett (Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University) has been selected for a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship at the Research Center to work on her thesis, “Paths of Modern Photography in Central Asia (1890-1940),” exploring the power of photographic portraiture and notions of authorship to chart transformations in the region from Russian colonization to the Soviet experiment.
  • Francesca Ferrari (PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) will begin a one-year post-doctoral fellowship to work on her book project “Animated Geometries: Abstraction and the Body in the Art of the Roaring Twenties,” exploring how modern artists working in the aftermath of the First World War enlisted geometric abstraction, motion, and sensory stimulation to stage the human body’s interconnection with external forces and its resistance to visual control.
  • Julie M. Johnson (Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art, Art History and Criticism, University of Texas at San Antonio) has been selected for a one-year senior fellowship to develop her book, “Light, Space and Air: Wit and Interdimensionality in the Aesthetics of Vienna 1900,” using new archival material to explore the collaboration of an interdisciplinary group of exhibition makers, their patron, art critics (“coffeehouse wits”), and their publics.
  • Bruno Pinheiro (Ph.D., State University of Campinas) has been selected for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship to work on his book project “Black Modernism in the Americas: Transit of Ideas on Art and Race,” exploring perceptions of blackness in inter-institutional projects developed in Pan-American networks, and the strategies invented by black modernist artists to negotiate their presence in art museums.

Max Hollein, The Met’s Marina Kellen French Director and Chief Executive Officer commented, “As the Lauder Research Center for Modern Art celebrates a decade of fostering leading academic talent from around the world—affirming The Met’s role as a nexus for the study of modern art—we are delighted to welcome this remarkable group of scholars to the Museum.”

“The projects of our four new fellows reflect the continued dynamic expansion of the study of modern art and of modernism to include different geographies and decolonial approaches, as well as continuing to rethink familiar works using new methods and archival work. We look forward to a thrilling year,” added Neil Cox, the Head of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center.

About the Research Center

Founded in April 2013, The Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art is a leading center for scholarship on modern art, including a focus on Cubism and its legacies. The first and only research institution dedicated exclusively to the study of modernism within an encyclopedic museum, the Research Center makes critical contributions to scholarship through its robust program of exhibitions, lectures, publications, research projects, and workshops. The scope of the Research Center’s activities can be found at:

Each year, the Research Center awards Leonard A. Lauder Fellowships for pre- and post-doctoral candidates and one senior fellowship. Including the cohort announced today, so far twenty-seven fellows have benefited from Center support. Recent awards have included projects on Ciphers and abstraction, Romanian avant-gardes, Hungarian artists in the Soviet Union, Argentinian modernism, and Soviet dialogue with Turkish artists. The institution also supports the invited residencies of distinguished scholars of modern art, who pursue their own studies while participating in the activities of the Research Center.


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