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University of Pittsburgh


Cindy Lisica

Part-time instructor

Office Location

110D OEH
Phone: 412-624-5126
Fax: 412-624-3458

Office Hours

Fall 2013: by appointment

Courses taught
  • JPNSE 1045, Language of Japanese Aesthetics (Spring 2012)
  • JPNSE 1071, World of Japan: Society of the Spectacle (Spring 2011)
  • CHIN/JPNSE 0080, City Life and East Asian Culture (Spring 2013)
  • Ph.D., University of the Arts London, 2010, History of Art. Thesis: Beyond Consumption: The Art, Merchandise and Global Impact of Takashi Murakami and a Superflat Generation.
  • M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2005, Modern and Contemporary Art.
  • B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 2001, Integrative Art.

I am educated as an art historian and artist/designer, and I have worked in a number of museums and curated exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.  I have traveled extensively in Taiwan, Japan and China and started to learn Mandarin from a young age. I have always been interested in Japanese visual media and pop culture, and my postgraduate research explored contemporary Japanese art as a model for cross-cultural exchange and includes a rare in-depth interview with artist Takashi Murakami in Tokyo. My primary teaching interests are to motivate students through active dialogue and to present connections from the historical past to our transnational present.