Position title: Ph.D. Candidate; Chazen Museum of Art Project Assistant
B.A. Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University
M.A. University College London
Gabriel Chazan’s research focuses on Jewish identity, representation and culture within art history. His work is placed within interdisciplinary nexus within art history, drawing in interlocutors from queer theory and Jewish studies. Before arriving at UW–Madison, Gabriel completed his M.A. at University College London (UCL). While there, he wrote the M.A. thesis “Sontag, Etcetera: Towards a Queer and Intersubjective Portrait Photography,” which conceptualized an idea of a “queer gaze” in portraiture through a close analysis of several photographs of the American writer Susan Sontag. He completed his B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University (Sarah Lawrence Program) where he wrote a B.A. thesis on Berenice Abbott. Gabriel is also engaged in public writing on art and literature, reviewing on his newsletter The Expanded Field and Cleaver Magazine.
Jewish Studies, queer studies, history of photography, Ekphrasis
“Review of Maggie Nelson’s On Freedom,” Triangle House 26, Criticism (2021)
“WAYWARD LIVES, BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS: INTIMATE HISTORIES OF SOCIAL UPHEAV-AL by Saidiya Hartman,” Cleaver Magazine, 2019.
“EVERYDAY MADNESS: On Grief, Anger, and Love by Lisa Appignanesi,” Cleaver Magazine, 2018.
“BEFORE PICTURES by Douglas Crimp,” Cleaver Magazine, 2016.
“THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson,” Cleaver Magazine, 2015.
AH 355: History and Theory of Photography
Jill H. Casid