BA, Gonzaga University
MS, Pratt Institute
PhD, University of Washington (Seattle)
Lu Auz received her Bachelor of Art in Printmaking from Gonzaga University in 2004 and her Master of Science in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute in 2006. In 2014 Auz completed her Doctorate of Philosophy in Art History at the University of Washington. Auz’s research and teaching interests focus on modern and contemporary global art with a primary concentration on post-WWII Western European art.
Currently Lu is writing a book on the life and career of the contemporary art historian and critic Germano Celant who is best known for coining the term “Arte Povera” in 1967 to describe an influential group of contemporary Italian avant-garde artists. This study examines Celant’s efforts over the last fifty years to encourage a strong international dialogue among artists, curators, art critics and other important figures guiding the institution of art. Celant has also been influential in rethinking contemporary curatorial practices and envisioning new dynamic relationships that occurs between art objects and the environments in which they are shown. This study also entails a larger investigation of major shifts in the international world of contemporary art and an analysis of important initiatives instigated by many artists over the last half century.
Lu offers courses on art produced since 1945, with a focus on installation art, performance art and new media. Other research and teaching interests include: reenactment art, art conservation and technical art history, contemporary museum and curatorial practices, and legal and ethical issues of the visual art world.
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