Patryk Tomaszekski

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Adjunct Lecturer
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Patryk Tomaszewski is an Adjunct Lecturer at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, where he has taught since Fall 2016, and a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation examines Socialist Realist art in Poland between 1949 and 1959. By focusing on state-sponsored exhibitions of painting and sculpture under the Stalinist regime, it analyzes the ways in which the cultural model of Socialist Realism—and the idealized version of reality it hoped to transmit—was received, institutionalized, and circulated among the post-war societies in East Central Europe.

Mr. Tomaszewski was previously the Mellon Humanities Alliance Teaching Fellow at La Guardia Community College. He also completed internship programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His writing has been published, among other outlets, in ArtMargins Online and post. Notes on Modern and Contemporary Art Around the Globe managed and edited by the curatorial staff at MoMA. More recently, he served as a contributor to a monograph of Polish contemporary artist, Xawery Wolski, published by Skira in 2020. In October 2021, Mr. Tomaszewski curated the exhibition “Henryk Stazewski: Constructing Reliefs” at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York.

He received a B.A. with Honors in Art History and German from Fordham University in New York, an M.A. in History of Art and Archaeology from The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and an M.Phil. in Art History from The Graduate Center, CUNY. At BMCC, Mr. Tomaszewski teaches ART104: Art History Survey II and ART106: Modern and Contemporary Art.


Western modern art; Eastern European and Russian modern art; Socialist Realism; history of photography; European art under totalitarian regimes; history of abstraction


  • M. Phil. in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2019)
  • M.A. in History of Art and Archaeology, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2016)
  • B.A. with Honors in Art History and German, Fordham University (2014)

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Research and Projects

My current research focuses on the history of Socialist Realist art and exhibitions of Socialist Realism in Central and Eastern Europe during the Stalinist regime.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Rose Carol Washton Long Travel Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2018)
  • Mellon Humanities Alliance Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2017-2019)
  • Leon Levy and Shelby White Travel Grant, The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU (2015)

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