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Irina D. Costache

Professor, Art

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Irina D. Costache specializes in modern and contemporary art and critical theory. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA. She has taught art history, humanities, and film at UCLA, Loyola University, Cal State Northridge and Mount St. Mary’s University. Her extensive teaching experience and her innovative methodologies have been recognized with awards and grants. She has lectured nationally and internationally and published in The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, Achademia Leonardi Vinci, Film and Film Culture, Computing and Visual Culture, FATE in Review and other journals. Her book The Art of Understanding Art (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) was translated into Chinese in 2015. She is the co-author of the book Venezia, Italia / Venice, California (Sestante Edizioni, 2015). Her current research examines issues related to digital media, museums and art history.

Since 2008 Dr. Costache has coordinated the exhibition program of the John Spoor Broome Art Gallery and has curated numerous exhibitions including Postmodern Calligraphies (2009), Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video (2014) and Channel Island: It’s All in the Name (2015).

Irina D. Costache was elected and served a four-year term on the Board of Directors of College Art Association. She was also elected and served as President of the Art Historians of Southern California. During the 2012–2013 academic year Dr. Costache was the Resident Director of the CSU International Program in Florence.

Irina D. Costache joined the CSUCI Art Program in 2002 as Associate Professor of Art History. She was promoted to Professor in 2006.

Representative Courses Taught

  • ART 434 The Museum: Culture, Business and Education (“The Museum Course”)
  • ART 436 Modern Art
  • ART 101 What Is Art?



Modern art, Italian Futurism, digital art history , museums and new media, contemporary art

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