The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Simone Osthoff

Simone Osthoff
Professor of Art
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108 Arts Cottage
Simone Osthoff, Professor of Critical Studies, was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. She moved to the US in 1988 and joined PSU in 2001, bringing to SoVA a transnational experience, which shapes her dual role as a scholar and artist. With degrees on three continents—a Ph.D. from the European Graduate School in Switzerland, an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from the University of Maryland, and a BA from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro—she approaches contemporary art with a decolonial perspective and an interest in artworks that question canonical histories and archives. Her essays range from Carmen Miranda in Hollywood to Brazilian women working with media art, and her research focuses more extensively on the Concrete and Neoconcrete movements and the works of Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Paulo Bruscky, Eduardo Kac, and the philosopher Vilém Flusser. A frequent participant and organizer of international symposia, her numerous book chapters, essays, and criticism have been published by among others, the MIT Press, Routledge, and SUNY Press, and in journals that include Leonardo, New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Ars, Flusser Studies, NMC Media-N, and the Russian Chto Delat. Osthoff is the author of the book Performing the Archive: The Transformation of the Archive in Contemporary Art From Repository of Documents to Art Medium. She is a Fulbright Fellow and part of the editorial board of the multilingual journal Flusser Studies. Her artworks are included in a number of museum and private collections and have been exhibited internationally in venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo, and the Documenta 12 in Kassel.