Hanne Graversen

Biography

Hanne Graversen is a PhD candidate in modern and contemporary art history at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation “Interchanges: Construction of the U.S. Interstate Highway System and Artistic Practice, 1956-1984,” examines how the transforming landscape of the Interstate became both a medium and an object of inquiry for artists (advisors: Profs. Rebecca Zorach and Christine Mehring).

She is the 2020-21 Rhoades Curatorial Intern at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is working with Associate Curator Erica Warren on a curatorial project re-examining postwar Scandinavian art and design through an ecological lens. Previously, she worked on the Art Institute exhibition Bauhaus Chicago: Design in the City as the COSI Mellon Curatorial Research Fellow in the Department of Architecture and Design (2018-19).

In 2017-18, she was a Graduate Fellow of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Urban Art and Urban Form at the University of Chicago, co-organizing three symposia with professors Bill Brown and Jessica Stockholder, inviting speakers such as architect Rahul Mehrotra and artist Amanda Williams to join the discussion on art, architecture, and landscape. 

In her work, she continues to explore ecological and social issues and she is committed to transforming the field to create more inclusive histories, practices, and institutions.

Her work has been generously supported by The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Getty Foundation, and The Schiff Foundation.