Patryk Tomaszewski is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY and an Adjunct Lecturer at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. His dissertation examines Socialist Realist art in the former Soviet satellite states, specifically in Poland, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia under the Stalinist regime. By focusing on state-sponsored exhibitions of painting and sculpture, it analyzes the ways in which the cultural model of Socialist Realism—and the idealized version of reality it hoped to transmit—was received, institutionalized, and circulated among the post-war societies in East Central Europe.
Patryk was previously the Mellon Humanities Alliance Teaching Fellow at La Guardia Community College. He also completed internship programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Patryk’s writing was published in ArtMargins Online, “post” at The Museum of Modern Art and in the 2018 exhibition catalogue titled “Wojciech Fangor: The Early 1960s” organized at Heather James Fine Art in New York.
He received a B.A. with Honors in Art History from Fordham University in New York, an M.A. in History of Art and Archaeology from The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and an M.Phil. in Art History from The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Proun 19D (1920 or 1921), one of El Lissitzky’s best-known works, offers different frames of interpretations closely related to the historiographical record of where and how the work has been displayed since its inception.