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Dr. Jordan Amirkhani

Assistant Professor, Art History

PhD, University of Kent
Professor Amirkhani received her Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Art from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom in 2015 where she completed a comprehensive study of the French painter Francis Picabia and his centrality to the discourse of modern art and politics at the turn of the twentieth century. Prior to joining UTC, Professor Amirkhani held teaching posts at Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, as well as curatorial positions at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and The Royal Academy in London, England. Jordan’s emphasis on the intersection of art and politics in the twentieth century informs much of her academic research, and she is currently working on a book that places the aesthetic and political conflicts of Picabia’s era in dialogue with more contemporary political debates. Publications include articles on the British conceptual art collective Art & Language, the participatory art and politics of Grupa Spomenik in Serbia, and the controversial Ukrainian feminist collective FEMEN, and exhibition catalogue essays on Luis Cruz Azaceta and Yvette Cummings. In addition to her academic writing, Professor Amirkhani’s criticism on contemporary art and culture has been featured numerous print and digital publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Number, Inc., Daily, Art Practical, and Dr. Amirkhani was awarded a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation “Short-Form Writing” Grant in 2017 for her criticism.
Professor Amirkhani's sequence of course offerings reflects her commitment to the contextualization of issues of gender, class, and race within the development of European and American art from the nineteenth century to the present. Thus, her courses are markedly interdisciplinary in focus and range. From introductory surveys of European and American art and their global entanglements, to special topics seminars on the history of the international avant-garde in the twentieth century, theories of cross-cultural representation, and art in and about the Middle East and North Africa, Professor Amirkhani’s teaching explores the absences, inequalities, and ideological power structures embedded within canonical histories of art.

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