Summer 2022
Gastprofessur Mechtild Widrich


Mechtild Widrich is an expert in contemporary monuments and participatory artistic practice in public space. Widrich is the author of numerous publications, e.g. the books Performative Monuments (Manchester, 2014), Monumental Cares (Manchester, 2022), Participation in Art and Architecture (London, 2015/22), Krzysztof Wodiczko, A 9/11 Memorial (London, 2009) and frequently writes for international journals, magazines and newspapers.
Widrich is a professor in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, currently Guest Professor at the University of Applied Arts, and 2022/23 Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a MPhil from the University of Vienna’s Art History Department and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Architecture Department.
Widrich is core research member of the AgorAkademi project at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris, the Performance and Public Space program and Research Center at London Metropolitan University and part of the Grant Park Advisory Council on Art, Monuments, Markers in Chicago. Her research has been supported by the University of Chicago Hong Kong Center, the CCA/ Nanyang Technical University Singapore, the Eikones Center at University of Basel, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, ETH Zurich, and the Academic Society Basel among others.

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Image: Mechtild Widrich