Leora Maltz-Leca studied painting and philosophy at Yale, and art history at Brown and Harvard, receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard in 2008. She is currently assistant professor of contemporary art and visual culture at RISD, where she teaches classes on postwar modernism and global contemporary art, on critical theory, post-Colonial art, and “race” in contemporary art. Research interests include the cross-cultural dimensions of late modernism; art in the African postcolonies, especially in Southern Africa; the relationship among the political, the aesthetic and the ludic; and the thematics of studio process.
Recent writing includes “The Logic of the Relic: Traces of History in Stone and Milk” in Paul Stopforth’s TAXI volume, "Body of Evidence" in Artforum (November 2010), a close examination of Marlene Dumas' painting "Liberty," and "Taking Public Liberties: Three Graces in an African Metropolis" in Public Art Review (Fall 2010), which explores three public monuments in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently completing a book titled William Kentridge: Process as Metaphor & Other Doubtful Enterprises which examines walking, talking and the unruly leaps of metaphor.
- BA, Yale University
- MA, Brown University
- MA, Harvard University
- PHD, Harvard University
ARTIST'S TALK: KENTRIDGE
CRITICAL VOCABULARY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
SEM: ART AND THEORIES IN THE POSTCOLONIES