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Megan Mastroianni

Megan Mastroianni

Art History


Megan advanced to doctoral candidacy in August 2012. A College Doctoral Fellow, she is in her fifth year in the PhD program. Her dissertation, “An Aesthetic of Imagination: The Documentation of American Land and Conceptual Art in Germany, 1968-1975,” explores various strategies employed in the documentation and dissemination of American art of the 1960s and 70s in West Germany, demonstrating the ways in which photography, video and installation were often at pains to keep alive the contingency of the original artistic intervention. Megan has been the recipient of language study, travel and research grants from DAAD and USC’s Dornsife. She co-organized the 2012 symposium, “Art and the Mind: Neuroaesthetics, Phenomenology and the Experience of Vision," and has presented her work at the German Studies Association (2012) and UCLA (2013). Prior to joining the PhD program at USC, Megan worked in the modern art department at LACMA, where she contributed to such projects as the 2008 reinstallation of the museum's collection of modern art and the 2009-10 exhibition, "Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures." She was a contributor to the recent LACMA publication, Envisioning Modernism: The Janice and Henri Lazarof Collection (2012). Megan received her BA in Art History from USC in 2006.