Thierry De Duve joins the Department of Art And Art History

Thierry De Duve joins the Department of Art And Art History

Hunter College

Photo: Candido Quesada.
January 15, 2016
Thierry De Duve joins the Department of Art And Art History

Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Hunter College is pleased to announce the appointment of Thierry de Duve as Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor and Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History.

Thierry de Duve is an internationally recognized historian, critic, and theorist of art who focuses on the questions modern art poses to philosophical aesthetics. His English-language publications include Pictorial Nominalism, Kant after Duchamp, Clement Greenberg Between the Lines, Look—100 Years of Contemporary Art, and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp. His books have been translated into a dozen languages in addition to English, most recently into Russian and Chinese. His most recent publications in French are two volumes of collected essays: Essais datés 1976-2010, Vol. I, Duchampiana and Vol. II, 1983-2006, Adresses. Forthcoming in English are a book tentatively titled Duchamp’s Telegram, based on a series of six essays published in 2012–13 in the magazine Artforum, and a book on aesthetics that takes the hypothesis of Kant after Duchamp beyond issues of taste into ethics and politics.

Prior to joining the faculty of Hunter College, Professor de Duve taught from 2003 to 2012 at the University of Lille 3, in France. He was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2013, and in 2015, both the Daniel J. Evans Visiting Professor at Evergreen State College in Washington and Theorist in Residence in the MA program in Aesthetics and Politics at the California Institute of the Arts.

Thierry de Duve is the second Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor in the Department of Art and Art History. He follows art historian and curator William Agee, who held the inaugural Kossak professorship from 2004 until his retirement in 2014. Professor de Duve joins a program in Art History at Hunter College that has long been committed to curatorial practice as an important mode of scholarly research and publication. He brings to the department his experience as curator for the Belgian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2003, and of Voici—100 ans d’art contemporain, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, in 2000. His exhibition of early works on glass by the Israeli artist Nahum Tevet is scheduled to open in Hunter College’s Leubsdorf Gallery at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan in September 2016.

The Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College comprises a nationally ranked and internationally recognized Studio Art MFA program; an MA program that boasts the largest Art History faculty in the City University of New York system, offering courses from the ancient world to the contemporary; four galleries mounting student-researched professional caliber exhibitions; and robust and diverse undergraduate programs in both Studio Art and Art History. In addition to the appointment of Thierry de Duve as Kossak Professor of Art History, Hunter will add two more senior faculty in Art History in 2016: Michael Lobel, in modern and American art and Maria Loh, in Renaissance art. They join a faculty with significant strengths in modern European and Latin American art and a very strong research profile across art history’s geographic and chronological fields.


Application deadline for Hunter’s MA Art History program for the fall semester 2016 is February 1, 2016. For further information, please see

About Hunter College
Hunter College, located in the heart of Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country and famous for the diversity of its student body, which is as diverse as New York City itself. There are 1,700 full- and part-time members of Hunter’s faculty and more than 23,000 students currently attend Hunter, pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 areas of study.



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