Smadar Sheffi, PhD, is a curator, art critic and art consultant . She leads boutiqe art tours in Israel.
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Smadar Sheffi, PhD
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1983 – 1987 Tel Aviv University Art History BA
1988 – 1989 Tel Aviv University Art History MA
1989 – 1990 Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
1996 Art History MA (Cum Laude)
2004 – 2011 Hebrew University, Jerusalem Ph.D
Doctoral dissertation: From Vienna to Jerusalem: Grete Wolf Krakauer’s Forgotten Portraits. Advisor: Prof. G. Ankori
1992 -2013 Art Critic, Haaretz daily newspaper.
2006 – present Art Critic, Galei Zahal, Israel national radio station
2012 Art Critic, Artery, NYC: A web-based publication for contemporary art and culture
2012 – present The Window, an independent blog post focused on current art and cultural exhibitions
2017 — present Art critic on Kan Israel Television
Recent curatorial activities:
2013 Mani House, Tel Aviv, “New Directions II,” “Salon North”
2013 Co-Curator, “Complicated Family,” Inbal Dance Theatre, Susan Dellal Center, Tel Aviv
2013 Beverly Barkat, “Screening Layers” (Catalog), Zaritsky Artists’ House, Tel Aviv
2013 Art Intervention Project I, “To eternity’s end, beyond the sea?” Beit Bialik Museum, Tel Aviv
2014 Art Intervention Project II, “Revealment and Concealment,” Beit Bialik Museum, Tel Aviv
2014 Simon Adjiashvili, “One City, One Summer,” Rothschild Gallery, Tel Aviv
2014 Philanthropic Art Project Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinic, Galilee Medical Center
2015 Philanthropic Art Project, Cardiac Surgery Department, Sheba Medical Center
2015 Lisa Gross, “Turmoil,” Zaritsky Artists’ House, Tel Aviv
2015 Eliahou Eric Bokobza, “United Colors of Judaica,” Beit Hatfutsot-Museum of the Jewish People, Ramat Aviv (Catalog)
2015 “100 meters above sea level,” Rova Lev Ha’ir Project, Tel Aviv
2015 Exhibition of Israeli Art, The Oncology Department, Galilee Medical Center, Nahariya.
2015 Art Intervention Project III, “Behind the Fence,” Beit Bialik Museum, Tel Aviv
2016 “Genius Loci,” Rothschild Fine Art Gallery, Tel Aviv
2016 “Intricate Affinities: Recollections of Western Tradition in Local Contemporary Art,” Petach Tikva
Museum of Art
2016 Art Intervention Project IV, “Property and Fetish,” Beit Bialik Museum, Tel Aviv.
2017 Gallery Talk with the exhibiting artists, New Gallery at Teddy Stadium, “Thoughts on making reality present,” with Sara Benninga, Noam Bar, Yonatan Ron, and Eyal Sasson.
2017 Avner Sher, Jerusalem, 950m2, Jerusalem Biennale of Jewish Art.
2017 Jerusalem Artists House, “Partial Portraits: Fragmented Identities.”
2017 Art Intervention Project V, “Labor and Craft: Eliahou Eric Bokobza – Homage to Hayim Nahman Bialik,” Beit Bialik Museum, Tel Aviv.
2018 “Yehuda Armoni: A Lingering Gaze,” Rothschild Gallery, Tel Aviv
2018 “From Vienna to Jerusalem: Grete Wolf Krakauer,” Museum of Israeli Art Ein Harod.
Recent teaching experience:
2012- present The Diploma Program in Curatorial and Museum Studies, The David and Yolanda Katz Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University
2012-2014 History of Art Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2014-2017 The Israeli Art Educational and Research Institute, The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo
2015 The Art Education Training Center, Israel Museum. Enrichment program for curators and academic staff
Recent publications (other than art criticism):
2013 Moon Performance,” in Shirat Hamada (the poetry of science): An Annual on Literature, Art, and Science in Memory of Prof. Ofer Lider, (Rehovot: Weizmann Institute of Science, 2013), 72-75.
2013 “Between the Muses and Gravity,” in Shirat Hamada, (the poetry of science): An Annual on Literature, Art, and Science in Memory of Prof. Ofer Lider, (Rehovot: Weizmann Institute of Science, 2013), 64.
2014 “The stuff of which Life is made’: On ‘The Clock’ by Christian Marclay,” in Shirat Hamada (the poetry of science): An Annual on Literature, Art, and Science in Memory of Prof. Ofer Lider, (Rehovot: Weizmann Institute of Science, 2014), 66-69.
2014 Exhibition text for “Foramen Magnum,” Jonathan Hirschfeld’s one-person exhibition at the RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv,
2015 “Revealment and Concealment,” text and back cover, in Shirat Hamada (the poetry of science): An Annual on Literature, Art, and Science in Memory of Prof. Ofer Lider, (Rehovot: Weizmann Institute of Science, 2015).
2016 “Intricate Affinities: Recollections of Western Tradition in Local Contemporary Art,” Catalog essay for the exhibition “Intricate Affinities: Recollections of Western Tradition in Local Contemporary Art, Petach Tikva Museum of Art.
2017 “Thoughts on Dana Zaltzman’s paintings of scales,” Catalog essay for solo exhibition, Zemack Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2017 Yossl Bergner and Nadav Naor, Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv. Catalog essay.
Recent presentations at academic conferences:
2013 Motar Conference, Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel. “Grete Wolf-Krakauer’s self-portraits: Observing and preserving the ‘self,'”
2013 AIS 29th Annual Conference, UCLA, CA, USA: “Double Eraser: Grete Wolf-Krakauer: The Construction of Historical Narrative and the Relationship of Israeli and European Art History.”
2013 “Israel at 65 years: Dimensions of national identity in a divided society,” Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. “Milk, blood and honey: Contemporary art from Israel.”
2013 Film Culture Forum: MA Program for Culture and Film Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, University of Haifa, “On ‘truth’ in photography: A close examination of Blowup (1966, dir. Antonioni) and the works of contemporary Israeli photographers”
2014 AIS 30th Annual Conference, Ben-Gurion University,” Raffi Lavie: Secular Guru.”
2014 EAIS 3rd Annual Conference on Israel Studies, SOAS University of London. “Breaking Taboos, Shaking up Conventions: Changes in Representations of the Holocaust and Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Israeli Art since 2000.”
2014 International Conference on Women’s Testimony: Genocide, War, Revolution, the Holocaust and Human Rights, University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), USA. “Michal Rovner and Raida Adon: Israeli artists addressing memories of pain.”
2015 Symposium, “Berlin-Jerusalem: Art of the German immigrants.” The Israeli Art Educational and Research Institute, The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Lecture presentation: “Grete Wolf-Krakauer: Immigration and Doubt.”
2015 Conference, “Reinventing Israel: Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century,” American University, Washington, DC. Lecture presentation, “A quest for new memory: Contemporary Israeli artists representing the Holocaust and its commemoration.”
2015 Lecture for MA students, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, “The Venice Biennale.”
2016 MOTAR 25th Conference, In Memoriam: Prof. Nurit Kenaan Kedar, Lecture: “The silent storytellers: The art of Eliahou Eric Bokobza,” Tel Aviv University Faculty of the Arts.
2016 AIS Conference, Jerusalem. “A Western or Eastern Nation? The Case of Israel,” Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem. Lecture presentation, “Representation of self: The image of Jews from Arabic-speaking countries in the visual arts: Eliahou Eric Bokobza’s and Haim Ben-Shitrit’s oeuvre as a test case.”
2017 Conference on Women and Gender in the Arts, sponsored by the TIAF-Tel Aviv Israel Art Foundation, Association for Women’s Art and Gender Research in Israel, Tel Aviv University Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts. Lecture presentation: “Double Exclusion: Grete Wolf Krakauer, missing from Israeli and Austrian Art History.”
2018 Conference on Contemporary Visions of the Future: Contemporary visions of utopian, in Paris, France. Lecture presentation, “Time as object, object as time: On contemporary visual a rt projects addressing Time by Maya Attoun and by Guy Goldstein.”
Membership in Professional Associations:
AICA – International Association of Art Critics
ICOM – International Council of Museums
Additional professional activities:
2017 Prize Committee Juror, Mifal Hapais Michael Landau Prize for Art
2018 Member of the Board (volunteer basis), the Ramla Museum, Ramla, Israel