BA '15 – Art History, Critical Theory, and Curatorial Studies
A San Diego, California native, Gabrielle came to Gallatin to develop her concentration, Dialogic Art Theory and Practice, which draws upon the disciplines of art and critical theories, art history, curatorial studies, and her own poetry. She is also working towards a minor art history and recently interned for BOMB Magazine.
Gabrielle chose Gallatin because she felt that writing about art history and art theory were often rigid and inaccessible in their language and focus, and she wanted to develop a more lyrical, interdisciplinary practice of theory. Professor A.B. Huber’s course What is Critique? prompted her and some of her peers to found a critical theory collective on campus. An independent study with Professor Joshua Shirkey focusing on modes of exclusion and resistance in contemporary art was an incredible learning experience and challenge.
Gabrielle sees Gallatin as a place that inspires passion for learning and creating that circumvents tradition. A recipient of the 2014 Dean's Award for Summer Research, she traveled to Berlin to research the artist Anselm Kiefer and his renderings of post-war German national identity. For the 2014-2015 academic year, she is focusing on several research projects, her colloquium, and a senior thesis and curatorial project. After graduation, Gabrielle plans on taking a gap year to work on the curatorial team of an alternative art space—possibly in Berlin—and to become a fluent German speaker. Her ultimate aim is to teach at a university like Gallatin that supports interdisciplinary academics.