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 writer. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her interests are focused on 20th century Latin American and North American art, art under censorship, socially engaged art practice, the history of exhibitions, and theories of space and place. 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 Director of Curatorial Affairs for Fieldwork Collaborative Projects NFP (FIELDWORK). She has served as the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and 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 recently curated "Ellen Rothenberg ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant" at Spertus Institute, "More Strange Than True" at Pulaski Park, "My Feet Have Lost Memory of Softness" at The Franklin, "Twin Rooms" at Julius Caesar, "Hinged Space" at Terrain Exhibitions and an online exhibition "¿Mañana será asi?" 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 and Joanna Szupinska 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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