Lecture: The Art Historian in France Today: Thoughts and Methods


Location: O'Shaughnessy Hall, Room 119

Talk by Zahia Rahmani

Novelist and art historian Zahia Rahmani was born in 1962 in Algeria to a Berber family just after the end of the Algerian War. Her fiction explores the painful experience of growing up in France as the daughter of a harki—one of the Algerians who fought for the French during the war. In Paris, she studied art history, especially modern and contemporary art, and aesthetics. After writing a thesis on Robert Rauschenberg, she worked in a variety of major centers for the study of contemporary art, such as Léo Castelli Gallery (New York), the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Nice, France), Villa Arson (Nice, France), and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris). Currently, she is a director of research and mission at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris.

Sponsored by: The Nanovic Institute