February 18, 2011
Art historian and artist Iftikhar Dadi has been appointed chair of the Department of Art, effective July 1, after serving as the interim chair for the past year.
"Iftikhar brings considerable vision and skills to the position," says Dean Kent Kleinman. "He and I are committed to working collectively and expeditiously with the faculty and students on the many aspects of the undergraduate and graduate programs that have been under discussion and debate in recent months."
"At its best, contemporary art engages with the most salient issues facing us individually and collectively," says Dadi. "Located in a leading research university, Cornell's Department of Art is well-placed to address artistic practice today as truly interdisciplinary and global."
Dadi has authored numerous scholarly works, including the recent book Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia (2010). He serves on the editorial board of Art Journal and is a contributing editor of the international journal Bio-Scope: South Asian Screen Studies. Dadi's curatorial projects include Unpacking Europe at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and Tarjama/Translation at Queens Museum of Art and Cornell's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. As an artist, Dadi works collaboratively with Elizabeth Dadi. Their work investigates urbanism and media in contemporary globalization, and has been exhibited and published internationally.
Dadi is an associate professor in Cornell's Department of History of Art with broad interests in the relation between art practice in the contexts of modernity, globalization, urbanization, mediatization, and postcolonialism. He received his Ph.D. in history of art from Cornell.