Cristina Albu

Associate Professor, Art History

Office: Fine Arts Building, 214
Ph: 816-235-2985
Email: albuc@umkc.edu

Biography

Cristina Albu came to UMKC in 2012 after receiving her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on interconnections between contemporary art, technology, and cognitive sciences. She is the author of Mirror Affect: Seeing Self, Observing Others in Contemporary Art (Minnesota University Press, 2016). Albu is also co-editor (with Dawna Schuld) of a volume of essays titled Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art (Routledge, 2018). Her writings have appeared in scholarly anthologies (e.g. Hybrid Practices: Art in Collaboration with Science and Technology in the Long 1960s, Framings, The Permanence of the Transient, Crossing Cultures) and journals, including Afterimage, Artnodes, and Athanor. Her research has been supported among others by the University of Missouri Research Board, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Albu is currently working on a book manuscript titled Body-Mind Signals: Affect, Intimacy, and Communication in Biofeedback Art.

Education

Ph.D. and M.A., History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
M.A., European Cultural Policy and Administration, University of Warwick, England
B.A., European Cultural Studies, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
B.A., English – American Studies, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Courses Taught

  • World Currents of Contemporary Art
  • The Artist in Society
  • Becoming Contemporary: Global Art Constellations
  • Sensing, Feeling, Thinking: Contemporary Art and the Mind
  • Participatory Forms of Spectatorship in Contemporary Art
  • Site-Specific Art: Within and Beyond the Museum Walls
  • Art Museums: History and Practice
  • Methods in Critical Theory
  • Scope and Methods of Art History

Highlights

  • Haskell Distinguished Research Award, UMKC, September 2019
  • “Review of Lisa Blackman’s Haunted Data: Affect, Transmedia, Weird Science,” forthcoming in Journal of Curatorial Studies, 2019
  • “Intimate Connections: Alternative Communication Threads in Nina Sobell’s Video Performances and Installations (1974-1982), forthcoming in Camera Obscura Journal, March 2020