Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani

Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani is an urbanist, curator, and artist pioneering arts- and oral history-based research for urban community engagement. She is the 2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Culture at the International Center of Photography and principal of Buscada (, an interdisciplinary studio on place and civic dialogue. She is also a professor of urban studies and public art at The New School, and holds a PhD in environmental psychology from the Graduate Center, CUNY. She was previously Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban Community Research at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Her recent public art and dialogue project, Intersection | Prospect Heights, in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, engaged thousands of New Yorkers in talking about displacement and development and was featured in Brooklyn Magazine, Urban Omnibus, Brownstoner and Untapped Cities.

She is the author of In the Same Room without Screaming, a book on the possibilities of collaborative exhibitions and engaged pedagogy to create space for dialogue in contested neighborhoods, due out in Fall 2018 from the Humanities in Public Life series of the University of Iowa Press.

She consults with organizations including the Laundromat Project, More Art, and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation on community and art engagements and strategic visioning. Her creative practice has been shown at institutions including MIT, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Center for Architecture, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and Tate Britain, and her work on cities, culture and photography has appeared in journals including Visual Studies, Space and Culture, Society & Space, and Buildings & Landscapes.