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Livia Alexander

Associate Professor, Art and Design

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Livia Alexander is a curator, writer, and Associate Professor of Global Visual Cultures at Montclair State University. Her work focuses on global perspectives on modern and contemporary visual art; cinema, expanded media, and aesthetics; creative placemaking and cultural economy; and modern and contemporary art, cinema and expanded media of South West Asia and North Africa. She has curated and directed numerous art and film programs, exhibitions and events at renown venues world-wide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, the Brooklyn Museum, and many more. Most recently, Alexander served as Chief Curator of the Film Criticism Forum, an international platform set up by the Saudi Film Commission for an expended experience of film and a forum for critical exchange in the region and beyond.

Her award-winning scholarly writing has appeared in the Journal of Visual Anthropology, Framework, MERIP, and as book chapters and catalog essays. She has contributed to Hyeprallergic, Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia, ArtsEverywhere, and Art Africa. Alexander is co-producer of the research-based interactive documentary, "Jerusalem, We Are Here" (Canada/Palestine/Israel, 2016), directed by Dorit Naaman. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Foundation, American Association of University Women, among others.

Alexander served as an advisor to a variety of art organizations and galleries, including Future City, Tirana Open, Residency Unlimited, Sapar Contemporary, Al Riwaq Art Space, New Rochelle BID, Asian Contemporary Art Week, and the Art & Patronage Summit. She is the co-founder of ArteEast, a non-profit organization established in 2003 to support and promote artists from the Middle East, North Africa and its diasporas, which she directed until 2013. Dr. Alexander holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Cinema and Middle East Studies.


Global Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Visual Art, Cinema and Expanded Media
Modern and Contemporary Politics and Aesthetics
Public Art
Creative Placemaking and Enterprise
Cultural Economy
Postcolonial Theory
Modern and Contemporary Art, Cinema and Expanded Media of the South West Asia and North Africa


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