Alissa Schapiro studies modernist art in America produced during World War II and the Cold War. She seeks to understand the ways in which modernist artists were personally affected by these conflicts, particularly the Holocaust, and how such catastrophic events were encoded into their artistic practices. She also looks at the mobilization of American art of this period at home and abroad through museum exhibitions, World’s Fairs, and popular media.
Schapiro received her BA in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, and her MA in Curatorial Studies from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She contributed to both the exhibition Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America at the Milwaukee Art Museum and its catalogue, and has worked on exhibitions at the AIC, the Courtauld Gallery, and Tate Britain, as well as served as Collections Associate at the Terra Foundation for American Art.