Christianna Bonin is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture + Art program. She studies late 19th and 20th-century art and architecture in Europe and Russia. Her research explores the relationships among industry, economies, and culture, particularly the design and planning of cultural institutions and the concepts of “regional” and “international” in the architecture of Soviet Russia. Recently, she has written on interwar machine and craft aesthetics, the impact of social traumas on urban form, theories of organization and their uptake in architectural and artistic practices, the exchange of ideas between East and West German architects, and the politics of preserving modern architecture in Cold War Germany.
Christianna received a B.A. summa cum laude in art history and psychology from Amherst College in 2007 and a M.A. in the history of architecture and art from the Williams College Graduate Program in 2012. Before coming to MIT, she worked in theater and design studios at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Dessau, Germany. With fellow graduate student Nisa Ari, she organized the exhibition "The Contingent Space of Work" (MIT Keller Gallery) and co-edited thresholds 44: workspace, the annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the MIT Department of Architecture.
Selected Publications & Exhibitions
thresholds 44: workspace, (SA&P Press, 2016),
“The Austin Company,” and “Richard Neutra,” in OfficeUS: Atlas, (Lars Müller Publishers, 2015).
“Escaping the Bauhaus Object,” in Objects by Architects (SA&P Press, 2013.)
“Between Wall and Paper: Rethinking Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings,” in Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid, exhibition catalogue, ed. Charles W. Haxthausen (Williams College Museum of Art, distributed by D.A.P., 2012).