Christianna Bonin

Christianna Bonin is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art program and currently a 2018-19 Alfa Fellow at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. In 2018, she held a doctoral research fellowship at the German Historical Institute, Moscow. Her research considers the relationships among industry, economic trade, and culture, particularly in nineteenth and twentieth-century art and architecture in Europe and Russia. Her dissertation, entitled “Radical in the Making: Art, Craft, and Politics in the Soviet Union, 1915-75,” investigates transformations to handicraft production during moments of modernization and industrialization in Soviet Russia and Kazakhstan. Recently, she has written about interwar craft and machine aesthetics, the impact of social traumas on urban form in Cold War East and West Germany, and the politics of preserving wooden architecture in imperial and Soviet Russia. 

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. She is also an art critic and frequent contributor to Artforum.


Selected Publications & Exhibitions

thresholds 44: workspace, (SA&P Press, 2016),

"The Contingent Space of Work," Keller Gallery, 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).