Guest lecturers

It is a pleasure to welcome six experts from around the world to be part of this year’s International Summer School. We are delighted that they will share their knowledge with us in the form of more extensive lectures on the topics Topology, Collectivity, Diversity, Materiality and Production and that they will support the participants throughout the entire Summer School.

We are warmly welcoming:

Romina Dümler – Düsseldorf

Romina Dümler is assistant curator at the Museum Ludwig where she realized the exhibition HERE AND NOW at the Museum Ludwig. Dynamic Spaces in collaboration with Contemporary And. As assistant to Yilmaz Dziewior she also researched extensively on Yayoi Kusama – especially on her work in relation to North Rhine-Westphalia in the 1960s and 1970s.

The connection between the history of art in the USA and West Germany is also evident in her PhD project under the working title: ,Banal‘ materials of sculpture around 1970. Transitions – Processes – States within the works of Hans Haacke, Klaus Rinke and Bill Bollinger. In the project she examines notions of ,nature‘ and ,culture‘ and how they are intertwined in artistic production starting from a material-aesthetic perspective.


Suzanne Hudson – Los Angeles, CA

Suzanne Hudson is Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Robert Ryman: Used Paint (MIT Press, 2009; 2011), Agnes Martin: Night Sea (Afterall/MIT Press, 2017; 2020), Mary Weatherford (Lund Humphries, 2019), and the co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989 – Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Contemporary Painting is forthcoming in 2021 from Thames & Hudson, in the World of Art series.

Supported by a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she is pursuing research into the practical applications of artmaking for her book, Better for the Making: Art, Therapy, Process, a study of the therapeutic origins of process within American modernism.

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Jonathan D. Katz – Philadelphia, PA

Jonathan D. Katz is an art historian, curator and queer activist. Now Associate Professor of Practice in Art History and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Katz is a pioneering figure in the development of queer art history, and author of a number of books and articles.

He has curated many exhibitions, nationally and internationally, including About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art at Wrightwood 659, Chicago; Art AIDS America at 6 museums across the country; and Hide/Seek. Katz co-founded the Queer Caucus for Art, Queer Nation in San Francisco, The Harvey Milk Institute, then the largest queer studies institute in the world, and is President Emeritus of The Leslie Lohman Museum for Queer Art in New York. 


Janice Mitchell – Cologne

Janice Mitchell has been working as a Terra Foundation Collection Research Fellow in American Art at the Museum Ludwig since July 2018. In addition to twentieth-century American art, her research interests are in contemporary art and critical artistic practice. Mitchell is a doctoral candidate at the Central Saint Martins in London.

She curated the show »Mapping the Collection« which takes a new look at two influential decades in American (art) history: the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition presents artworks from the Muse- um Ludwig’s collection by female, queer, and in- digenous artists as well as artists of color.


Mona Schieren – Bremen

Dr. Mona Schieren is Co-director of the Institut für Kunst- und Musikwissenschaft at the University of the Arts, Bremen. 

Her book Transcultural Translation in the Oeuvre of Agnes Martin. The Construction of Asianistic Aesthetics in American Art after 1945, Munich 2016 (German) was awarded with the CAA TERRA Foundation Translation Prize to be published in English. She is the author of “Every Moment Is a Moment of Learning. Lenore Tawney – New Bauhaus and Amerindian Impulses“ (Onlinejournal bauhaus imaginista). Supported by the Fonds für Forschung und Entwicklung HFK the Oeuvre of Tawney is part of her current research on bodypractices. She is a member of the DFG research network Entangled Histories of Art and Migration: Forms, Visibilities, Agents (2018-21). 

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Michelle White – Houston, TX

Michelle White is the Senior Curator at the Menil Collection where she has organized exhibitions on the work of Roni Horn, Mona Hatoum, Barnett Newman, Otabenga Jones and Associates, Leslie Hewitt and Vija Celmins. Her other shows have included Leaps into the Void: Documents of Nouveau Realist Performance, Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip and was the co-curator of the first retrospective of the drawings of Richard Serra that opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She organized the retrospective drawing exhibition of works on paper by Lee Bontecou for the Menil and the Princeton University Art Museum and Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York.

She is currently working on an exhibition with Allora and Calzadilla. She received her B.A. at the University of California, San Diego and her M.A. in Art History from Tufts University, and has held positions at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.