Amy Bryzgel

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Amy Bryzgel is a Professor at Northeastern University, where she teaches courses on contemporary art.

Bryzgel’s research is focused on performance art in East-Central Europe, including body art, participatory and socially engaged art. She is the author of three books on the topic. Her first book, Performing the East: Performance Art in Russia, Latvia and Poland Since 1980 (IB Tauris, 2013) focused on case studies of six artists in three countries working both during and after the communist period. Her second book, Miervaldis Polis, was published in Latvian in Riga by Neputns in 2015. It is the first monograph on contemporary painter and performance artist Miervaldis Polis. Performance Art in Eastern Europe since 1960, her third book, was published by Manchester University Press as part of its “Rethinking Art’s Histories” series in 2017. It is the first comprehensive academic study of performance art as it developed in the former communist countries of East-Central Europe.

Bryzgel joined the Northeastern University in 2022 from The University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where she was Personal Chair in Film and Visual Culture. At Northeastern, her teaching focuses on modern and contemporary art, with a focus on Eastern Europe. Her teaching combines theory and practice and engages with the concept of ‘knowing from the inside’ by having students become creators of the art they are studying.

She is a member of the editorial collective of ArtMargins Online, a publication focused on art from Eastern Europe. She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Peer Review Council, responsible for reviewing grant applications. She has supervised four PhD students to completion and is currently supervising three PhDs as a co-supervisor/2nd supervisor at the University of Glasgow, University of Amsterdam, and the University of Utrecht. (2023)