Ionit Behar


University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois. Ph.D. candidate in Art History, August 2013 to present
School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois. Master in Art History, Theory and Criticism, May 2013. Graduate Thesis: Michael Asher’s Displacements in Chicago at the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1979. Thesis Committee: David Getsy, David Raskin and Julian Myers.
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. Bachelor of Arts, Multidisciplinary Program in the Arts, September 2010.


Ionit Behar is an art historian, curator and critic. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago​ and her dissertation is titled Minimalism as Resistance: Margarita Paksa in Argentina’s Military Dictatorship​. Her interests are focused on 20th century Latin American and North American art, the history of exhibitions, sculpture after 1960, and theories of space and place. Behar is interested in the relation between the academic discipline of art history and the practice of museum curating. She holds a Master's degree in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Bachelor of Art Theory from Tel Aviv University, and a degree in Art Administration from the Bank Boston Foundation in Montevideo. She is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and the Director of Curatorial Affairs for Fieldwork Collaborative Projects NFP (FIELDWORK). She has served as a Research Assistant for the exhibition "Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium" at the Art Institute of Chicago and as a curatorial assistant at Gallery 400. She served as a curatorial assistant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago of the 2012 MFA Show and the 2013 Design Show, and co-curated with Julian Myers​-Szupinska​ and Joanna Szupinska​-Myers​ at Julius Caesar. She has held curatorial internships at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; No Longer Empty, NYC and Israel Museum, Jerusalem. She writes for the Chicago Reader, THE SEEN, The Exhibitionist, and ArtSlant.

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