Anni A. Pullagura


Research Interests: Modern and contemporary American art; aesthetics and art theory; museum and curatorial studies  
Dissertation: “Seeing Feeling: The Work of Empathy in Exhibitionary Spaces”

Anni is PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies and an MA candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, through Brown University's Open Graduate Education program. She received an MA in Public Humanities in 2016, also from Brown University, and a BA in Art History and History, with minors in African Studies and Women’s Studies, from Emory University in 2010. Her dissertation, “Seeing Feeling: The Work of Empathy in Exhibitionary Spaces,” is situated at the intersection of moral philosophy and visual culture, and is largely interested in how museums and other exhibition spaces reinforce racial sightlines through the rhetoric of empathetic sight. Her areas of focus are American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly photography, installation, and performance art. A 2018 Seminar in Curatorial Practices participant with the Center for Curatorial Leadership, she has held several positions in cultural institutions throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; the High Museum of Art; the Atlanta History Center; Goodman Taft Art Advisory; and the Megan Fox Kelly Art Advisory. Currently, she is the Walton & Ford Foundation Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.