Teresa Kittler



BA (UCL), MA (Courtauld Institute of Art), PhD (UCL)

Teresa Kittler is a lecturer in History of Art. Her research focuses on artistic practices from 1945 to present day, with a special interest in Italian postwar art and primarily on issues related to art and the environment and feminism. Since completing her PhD, she been the recipient of fellowships from the British School at Rome and the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA). She has also worked as Assistant Curator for the 10 Gwangju Biennale (2014).


Teresa’s PhD thesis focused on the social, material, and aesthetic engagement with the image of home on the site of sculptural production by artists in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s. In the context of new definitions of the ‘home’, she considered the way in which the shift toward environment, installation and process-based practices mapped onto the domestic at a time when Italy had become synonymous with modern design, including the design of environments.

Teresa is currently working on a book project, titled Habitats: Art and the Environment Italy, 1945–1975, which examines artistic practice in Italy in the three decades following the Second World War, through the lens of habitat. This ecological concept, which encompassed models of both individual and collective dwelling, gained currency in the immediate postwar period, signalling a new approach to the environment. The book asks how questions of habitation, ecology, landscape and temporality, and the availability of new and highly various synthetic and industrially produced materials shifted the parameters of artistic practice and visual culture over three decades. These shifts are traced from the turn toward sculptural environments in the postwar period right through to the rise of an environmental consciousness in the 1970s, mapping this narrative through key debates, central protagonists and crucial exhibitions.

Selected publications

  • ‘Outgrowing the Kitchen: Marisa Merz’s Untitled (Living Sculpture), 1966’, OBJECT: Graduate Articles and Reviews in Art History and Visual Culture, no.15, 2013, 52–77


  • ‘Marisa Merz’s Untitled (Living Sculpture), 1966’ in Marisa Merz: The Eyes are the Mountain ed. Connie Butler et al (Los Angeles: UCLA Hammer Museum; New York: DelMonico Books/ Prestel Publications, 2017)
  • ‘Bruno Munari’s Environmental Awareness’ in Matilde Nardelli and Pierpaolo Antonello (eds) Bruno Munari (Oxford: Peter Lang Italian Modernities Series, 2016)
  • ‘Reimagining the family album: Carla Lonzi’s Autoritratto (1969)’ in Francesco Ventrella and Giovanna Zapperi (eds), Against Art: Carla Lonzi, Feminism and Creativity (London: I.B Tauris, 2017)



  • The Modernist Object
  • Art in the USA




External activity


  • 12 March 2011 Conference Organiser: Arte Povera & Beyond, Milan, Turin, Rome, Italian Cultural Institute / Camden Arts Centre / UCL, London.
  • 5 April 2014 BOOM! Growth, Form and Sustainable Bodies, UCL




  • 10 Dec. 2015 Carla Lonzi: Teach In, Raven Row Gallery, London
  • 3 July 2015 Living Differently, Seeing Differently: Carla Accardi’s Temporary Structure, House, Work, Artwork: Feminism and Art History's New Domesticities, The University of Birmingham
  • 10 Feb. 2015 Reimagining the family album: Carla Lonzi’s Autoritratto (1969), Untying the Knot, CIMA, New York
  • 6 Feb. 2015 Reimagining the family album: Carla Lonzi’s Autoritratto (1969) The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 12 Sept. 2014 Figuring Out Paolini given at Giulio Paolini Symposium, Whitechapel Gallery, London
  • 5 April 2014 Home as Habitat: Piero Gilardi’s Tappeti Natura BOOM! Growth, Form and Sustainable Bodies, UCL
  • 28 Oct. 2013 Outgrowing the Kitchen: Marisa Merz’s Untitled (Living Sculpture) (1966) Serpentine Gallery
  • 23 March 2013 Living Art and the Art of Living: Piero Gilardi’s Nature Rugs Collaborative Effects, Symposium, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
  • 29 March 2012 From Kitchen to Nightclub, Marisa Merz’s Untitled (Living Sculpture), 38th AAH Annual Conference, The Open University, Milton Keynes
  • 20 Oct. 2011 Marisa Merz’s Untitled (Living Sculpture) 1966, Postgraduate Research Seminar, UCL, London
  • 4 April, 2014 Conference Organiser: BOOM! Growth, Form and Sustainable Bodies, UCL London
  • 21 June 2013 Conference Panel Chair: Object Lessons, UCL, London 



  • Assistant Curator, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
  • Curatorial Assistant, Tate Modern for Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan, 2011

Contact details

Dr Teresa Kittler
History of Art
University of York
Room V/C/220

Tel: 01904 324338

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm