M. Elena Versari,  Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor in Art History

Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa

Maria Elena Versari studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore [link: http://www.sns.it/en/ ], where she received a PhD in Art History in 2006 with a doctoral dissertation devoted to the international relations of Futurism in the 1920s. She held the positions of Assistant Professor of 19th and 20th-Century Art at the University of Messina, Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University. More recently, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Duquesne University, the Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Professor in the Humanities Research Center at Rice University and Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute. She has worked as a Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Institut Nationale d'Histoire de l'Art in Paris and the Wolfsonian Museum and Library and has been a member of The Material Life of Things Research Group (2010-2011) at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

She has published two books, Constantin Brancusi (Florence, 2005) and Wassily Kandinsky e l’astrattismo (Florence 2007; French transl., Paris 2008), and has written several articles devoted to Italian Futurism, Avant-Garde internationalism, Cubism, Fascist aesthetics and architecture and early 20th-century sculpture. She has edited the republication Ruggero Vasari's seminal Futurist dramas The Anguish of the Machines and Raun (Palermo 2009) [link: www.duepuntiedizioni.it/terrain-vague/langoscia-delle-macchine/ ], and is preparing a collection of essays on the politics of iconoclasm and conservation in relation to totalitarian architecture in the 20th century. She’s currently working on a book manuscript titled The Foreign Policy of the Avant-Garde and pursuing research for a second book on avant-garde historiography.