Katia Zavistovski holds a Master’s degree from Williams College and a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, both in art history. Her research centers on modern and contemporary art, with a current focus on figurative painting practices in mid-century America. Katia’s dissertation, The Milk Bottle, The Blackboard, and The Smoking Gun: Picturing Common Objects in 1960s LA, examines the material conditions of representation, objecthood, and embodied viewing in postwar Southern California. While at Rice, Katia has held curatorial fellowship positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Menil Collection. She also curated a number of exhibitions in Houston, including Staring at the Wall: The Art of Boredom (Lawndale Art Center, 2012-2013) and Raid the Archive: The de Menil Years at Rice (Rice University Media Center, 2012).
In addition to her academic work, Katia is the Assistant Curator of Modern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she is currently organizing the exhibitions Hidden Narratives (Spring 2018) and Robert Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (Fall 2018); and assisting with a comprehensive reinstallation of the permanent collection of Modern Art.