Kristin Romberg

Assistant Professor, School of Art + Design

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Dr. Romberg specializes in modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on media and design. Her book Gan's Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism  (U. of California Press, 2018) re-examines Russian constructivism by exploring the work of one of the movement's founders, Aleksei Gan, as a political organizer and maker of mass-media objects. Recent curatorial projects include contributions to Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test  at the Art Institute of Chicago (2017) and Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future at Krannert Art Museum (2017). Her articles have appeared in both English and Russian publications, including October,  Artforum, and the anthology Formy i struktury. Antologiia rossiiskogo modernizma(Forms and Structures: Anthology of Russian Modernism, 2014). In 2005, she was the curator, along with Richard Anderson, of the exhibition Architecture in Print: Design and Debate in the Soviet Union, 1919-1935 at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery. 

Professor Romberg’s research has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, American Council of Teachers of Russian, the Harriman Institute, Center for the Study of Modern Art at the Phillips Collection, and George Washington University, and the Getty Research Institute. At UIUC, she is also affiliated with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Slavic Languages and Literatures, REEES, and the European Union Center. 

Research Output


Romberg, K., Jul 18 2017, Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia!: Soviet Art Put to the Test. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Romberg, K., 2016, Formal’nyi metod: Antologiia rossiiskogo modernizma. Oushakine, S. (ed.). Moscow: Kabinetnyi uchenyi, Vol. 1.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter