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Bovino, Emily Verla

Assistant Professor

Performing and Fine Arts

Phone: 718-262-2587
Office Location: AC-1A12C

Emily Verla Bovino, PhD, is the coordinator of the Art History program at York College. She is an art historian, artist and art writer who works with cross-disciplinary inquiry and transmedia storytelling. Her research focuses on artistic experimentation with the formats of the conversation and the lecture; curatorial practice and research; intersections between contemporary art, architecture, urbanism and film; and the role of concepts in art practice. She is writing a monograph on the concept 'plastic' in art in its various migrations and translations, looking back on its history -- across time periods and geographies -- from contemporary Hong Kong, where she conducted research from 2018 to 2023. At York, she is developing an artistic initiative around environmental justice in Queens. She is also conducting archival research on artist Tom Lloyd's Store Front Museum (1971-1986) and its impact on the curation of the York College public art collection (1981-1986). She is on the working group of the Food Forest Initiative led by Professor Nina Buxenbaum (Art Studio) and collaborates with Queens Memory, the oral history project of the Queens Central Library and Queens College. She is a member of the SUNY/CUNY Southeast Asia Consortium.

Office Hours

Tuesday12pm to 3pm (and by appointment)


PhD University of California, San Diego Art History, Theory and Criticism (Concentration in Art Practice; Specialization in Anthropogeny) 2017 
MA University of California, San Diego Art History, Theory and Criticism 2013 
BFA Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma Painting 2008 
BA Barnard College, Columbia University Urban Studies (Concentration in Anthropology; Minor in Italian) 2002 

Areas of Expertise

  • modern and contemporary art
  • art criticism and theory
  • concepts in art practice
  • materialist and new materialist methodologies
  • historiography and art
  • the lecture as a format in modern and contemporary art
  • curatorial research and practice
  • global conceptual art
  • intersections between art, architecture, urbanism and cinema
  • the geopolitics of regional entities (e.g., Italian regionalism, Greater China, Southeast Asia, Central and Eastern Europe)

Publications in Field Of Expertise