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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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Education:

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

Art criticism:

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

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