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Kelly Presutti

Graduate Student Affiliate


Kelly Presutti

Kelly Presutti is a PhD student in history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her work sits at the intersection of materiality, theory and history, questioning how to reconcile form and content within a historical account. She has a master’s degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University, with a focus on art and philosophy. Before arriving at MIT, Presutti held positions at the Getty, the Musée d’Orsay, the Peggy Guggenheim, and the Mellon Foundation. She has previously written on strategies for exhibiting contemporary Eastern European art and considered the effects of biennial culture on artistic production in the region; an essay on this topic is currently being translated into Romanian. Her work has been presented at Princeton, Brown, the Clark Art Institute, the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, the North American Levinas Society and the Institute of Fine Arts. Currently, she is examining the sense of place in early nineteenth-century aesthetics.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • PhD Student in History, MIT
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University