Prof. Dr. Angela Harutyunyan


Dr. Angela Harutyunyan was born in Gyumri, Armenia. She completed her BA and MA in Art History at Yerevan State University before moving abroad in 2004, first to Europe and then to the Middle East. She finished her second MA at the International University of Bremen and obtained her PhD at the University of Manchester in 2009. In 2010 she was visiting professor and art program director at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. In 2011-2023, before joining UdK she taught at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon where she also led the art history program. She is one of the founding editors of ARTMargins published by MIT Press. She has edited several volumes, published book chapters and contributed articles on post-Soviet art and culture, Marxist aesthetics, historical temporality and curatorial theory. Her monograph The Political Aesthetics of the Armenian Avant-garde: The Journey of the ‘Painterly Real’ was published by Manchester University Press in 2017. Her second book co-authored with Eric Goodfield After Revolution: Historical Presentism and the Political Eclipse of Postmodernity is forthcoming with Leuven University Press. In addition, together with Irina Shakhnazaryan and Nare Sahakyan, she is preparing for publication an anthology of criticism in Armenia in the 20th century. She is a curator of several exhibitions, including This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time (with Nat Muller) at SMBA in Amsterdam and the AUB Art Galleries in Beirut (2014 and 2015). She is a founding member of two institutions, The Ashot Johannissyan Research Institute in the Humanities in Yerevan and the Beirut Institute of Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR) in Lebanon.