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Gabriella Shypula

Areas of Specialization: Postwar and contemporary American art; women artists based in the United States, 1960s to present; art and politics in the 1970s and 1980s; artist-curated exhibitions; autobiography and art; feminist historiography; feminist and queer theory


Gabriella Shypula is a curator and PhD Candidate in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University. Her dissertation examines New York-based women artists who explored the significance of their autobiography as a site for critical resistance against dominant art historical narratives in the 1970s and 1980s. Gabriella has worked on curatorial and research projects at SFMOMA, the Baltimore Museum of Art, MoMA, the Willem de Kooning Foundation, SculptureCenter, A.I.R. Gallery, and Princeton University Art Museum. She has contributed to exhibitions including “Joan Mitchell” (SFMOMA, Baltimore Museum of Art, 2020–21) and “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done” (MoMA, 2018–19). She recently co-curated "Revisiting 5+1" in consultation with Distinguished Professor Howardena Pindell at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, presented in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and co-edited the accompanying catalog. She has taught undergraduate courses on modern and contemporary art and holds an MA in Art History and Criticism and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Stony Brook University. Her research has been supported by the Alumni Association Doctoral Summer Fellowship, Kusama Research Award, Kusama Travel Award, and Miriam and Maurice Goldberger Fellowship.