Eszter Polonyi

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Visiting Assistant Professor History of Art and Design 718.636.3598 p Brooklyn Campus, East Hall 2

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PhD-Columbia University
MA-Courtauld Institute Of Art
BA-Wellesley College


Eszter Polonyi is Visiting Assistant Professor in History of Art and Design of the Pratt Institute. Her research focuses on the histories of film, photography and moving image media and their intersections with more traditional art forms. Her dissertation examined the film aesthetics of the Weimar-era Béla Balázs (Columbia University, 2017). Her writing has appeared in Metropolis, The New Review for Film and Television, Found Footage Magazine and forthcoming essay collections on early Leftist cinema (Austrian Filmmuseum) and on the recovery of early cinema in the postwar experimental tradition (Indiana University Press). She is a regular contributor to Apertura. At Pratt she teaches a range of courses on film, photography and obsolete media, including History of Film, History of Photography, History of Documentary, The Death and Afterlife of Film, and 16mm Film: the Story of a Format.