Claudia Slanar, Mag.a, MA, MFA
Adjunct Faculty in Art History
Courses Taught at WVPU
Art History: Current Art
Background and Facts
Claudia Slanar is an art historian, critic and curator specializing in film and contemporary art. Her writing, research and curatorial practice is in the fields of site-specific art, post-digital art, and parafictional storytelling.
Prior to receiving an MFA in Creative Writing (2011) and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics (2010) from the California Institute of Arts as a Fulbright Scholar, Slanar received a Mag.a in Art History from the University of Vienna (2009) with a concentration in art and film theory, as well as post-WWII art.
The curator of the Blickle cinema and Video Archive at the 21er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art since 2014, Slanar has also served as university assistant and lecturer at University of Applied Art’s Department of Site-Specific Art (2015-2017), as well as having previously worked at Diagonale: Festival of Austrian Film, Generali Foundation, Wiener Kunstschule and Friedrich-Schiller University Jena.
Her most recent publications include “Before Exhibiting,” in the exhibition catalogue a ≠ b+a | 10 Years of MUSA – From the Collection of the City of Vienna, eds. G. Achleitner, B. Ecker, F. Thalmair (2017); “Karin Fisslthaler,” in Eikon – Magazine for Photography and New Media Art, #99, Sept 2017; “A View from the Periphery or why Salzburg is not beautiful,“ in: Matthias Klos. Panoramarand, edited by Fotohof edition / Salzburg Museum, Salzburg: Fotohof edition, 2016, 250 – 265.
Her most recent curatorial projects include Tanz Es / Dance It!. On moving bodies and moving images (Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal/GER, 2016), Specters of the West - Photography in the Neither-Zone (Bäckerstraße 4 Platform for Contemp. Art, Vienna, 2014) and I Am Another World (with G. Holz, Academy of Fine Arts Tanzquartier, Vienna, 2014).