Leah Modigliani is an artist and scholar living in Philadelphia. She earned a BFA degree from Concordia University, a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a PhD in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University. She is also Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Modigliani's visual work has been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, Confederation Centre for the Arts in Charlottetown, and the Moore Space in Miami among other galleries and museums. Her critical writing can be found in academic journals and contemporary art magazines such as Prefix Photo, Art Criticism and C Magazine.
Her research interests include the history of the avant-garde and its relationship to political critique, the history of conceptual art, social dissent since 1968, and feminist politics of visual representation and discourse. In Modigliani’s work “space” is understood as a non-neutral territory; physical and discursive spaces are socially contrived according to power relationships and are not equally accessible to all. They are thus open to reimagining, reconstitution, and redistribution. Modigliani’s work seeks to intervene in what might otherwise be an unfettered replication of established and naturalized social power.
In the pursuit of her creative and scholarly interventions she employs the methods and languages of a variety of disciplines including fine arts, art history, critical theory, cultural studies, geography, and anthropology.
Her book, "Engendering an avant-garde: the unsettled landscapes of Vancouver photo-conceptualism," will be published by Manchester University Press's Rethinking Art's Histories series in 2017.