Mikolaj Czerwinski, M.A.
Title/s: Instructor of Fine Arts
Specialty Area: History of Eastern European Art and Design
Office #: Mundelein 900
Mikolaj Czerwinski is a doctoral candidate in the Art History Department at the University of Illinois Chicago. His dissertation research and teaching focuses on similarities in design practice between those countries of the Eastern Bloc, especially including Poland, and those of the West during the twentieth century. By looking closely at connections between these regions, he challenges the notion of Eastern or Central Europe as separate from the West, following the Second World War. In addition to questioning this dichotomy, he scrutinizes the perception of Eastern Europe as homogenous. Rather, he considers the differences in design practice and its relationship to a specific place or geographical region despite changes in national boarders or political systems. In reviewing design practice from these areas, he focuses closely on the relationships objects of industrial design shared with concepts of modernity. He also reviews the epistemological differences between decorative or applied art and industrial design. Theoretically, my work explores the histories of globalization, commodity circulation. It uses and builds on the work of scholars such as the following: Bruno Latour, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Homi Bhaba, Rey Chow, Pierre Bourdiou, Maria Janion, Ronald Barthes.
History of Graphic Design