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Jessi DiTillio

PhD Candidate, Art History (Modern and Contemporary American Art)

Research Interests

  • Race, Gender, Sexuality

  • Contemporary Art

  • Post-Identity

  • Curatorial Practice

  • Camp and Queer Theory

  • Literary Theory

  • Affect Studies

  • African American Art History

  • Visual Culture Studies

  • Parody, Pastiche, Appropriation


MA, Art History, University of Oregon

BA, Studio Art and Theory, NYU


Jessi DiTillio is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art and Art History. Her dissertation project, tentatively titled Inter-Art Traffic: Parody and the Politics of Identity, explores visual parodies by Robert Colescott, Glenn Ligon, and Nao Bustamante. While in the doctoral program she has held curatorial fellowships at The Contemporary Austin, The Warfield Center Galleries, and the Visual Arts Center. She is also a co-founding member of the Neon Queen Curatorial Collective. Prior to attending UT Austin, she was Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art where she curated the traveling exhibition “Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power.” She also served as Interim Director of the Association for Academic Museums and Galleries.