York College / City University of New York

Bovino, Emily Verla

Assistant Professor

Performing and Fine Arts

Phone: 718-262-2587
Office Location: AC-1A12D
Email: ebovino@york.cuny.edu

Emily Verla Bovino, PhD, is the coordinator of the Art History program at York College. She is the Project Lead of a 2024-2025 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Justice Seed Grant initiative with funding from the Mellon Foundation, and a CUNY Building Bridges of Knowledge Fellow collaborating with colleagues to develop pedagogical strategies in the ethical and responsible use of generative AI in academic settings and beyond. As an art historian, artist and art writer who works with cross-disciplinary inquiry and transmedia storytelling, her research focuses on artistic experimentation with the formats of the conversation and the lecture; curatorial practice and research; intersections between contemporary art, architecture, urbanism and film; and the role of concepts in art practice. She is writing a monograph on the concept 'plastic' in art in its various migrations and translations, looking back on its history across time periods and geographies from contemporary Hong Kong, where she conducted research from 2018 to 2023. At York, she is developing an artistic initiative around environmental justice in Queens while conducting archival research on artist Tom Lloyd's Store Front Museum (1971-1986) and its impact on the curation of the York College Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) Campus Art Collection (1979-1986). She is on the working group of the Food Forest Initiative led by Professor Nina Buxenbaum (Art Studio) and collaborates with Queens Memory, the oral history project of the Queens Central Library and Queens College. She participates in the SUNY/CUNY Southeast Asia Consortium and is a member of the York College Academic Senate's Committee for the Campus Environment. She co-curates York's residency program for the CUNY Dance Initiative and in partnership with the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQA), is working on transforming the Southeast Queens Biennial, started by esteemed former Performing and Fine Arts Department Chair, Professor Margaret Rose Vendryes, into a Triennial headquartered at York's campus.

Office Hours

Tuesday12pm to 3pm (and by appointment)


PhD University of California, San Diego Art History, Theory and Criticism (Concentration in Art Practice; Specialization in Anthropogeny) 2017 
MA University of California, San Diego Art History, Theory and Criticism 2013 
BFA Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma Painting 2008 
BA Barnard College, Columbia University Urban Studies (Concentration in Anthropology; Minor in Italian) 2002 

Areas of Expertise

  • modern and contemporary art
  • art criticism and theory
  • concepts in art practice
  • materialist and new materialist methodologies
  • historiography and art
  • the lecture as a format in modern and contemporary art
  • curatorial research and practice
  • global conceptual art
  • intersections between art, architecture, urbanism and cinema
  • the geopolitics of regional entities (e.g., Italian regionalism, Greater China, Southeast Asia, Central and Eastern Europe)

Publications in Field Of Expertise