Student
Christianna Bonin

Christianna Bonin is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at MIT. She studies visual art and design practices from the late nineteenth century to the present, with a focus on interactions between Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. Her research interests revolve around cultural politics and critical distinctions of art and craft, copy and original, and conceptual and manual labor. Her dissertation is titled Radical in the Making: Art, Craft, and Politics in the Soviet Union, 1905-75. Her article, “Pictures of Wool: The Return of Art and Craft in Soviet Kazakhstan,” will be published in Central Asian Survey (2020). Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Scholars Program (Russia, 2016-17), German Historical Institute, Moscow (2018), an Alfa Fellowship at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, and currently a Graduate Fellowship at the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA). She is a contributing critic at Artforum and Russian Art Focus/The Art Newspaper and was a research assistant for the “Post-Soviet Studies” project at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018–19.) Christianna received a BA summa cum laude from Amherst College and an MA in art history from the Williams College Graduate Program. Before coming to MIT, she worked as an architectural guide and theater assistant at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Germany.