Tatjana Schaefer holds an MA in Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths University of London. She completed her thesis in curatorial theory, analyzing generational differences in learning behavior and how this correlates with strategies in contemporary curating.
She works as assistant curator for the Postwar Art department at Pinakothek der Moderne since 2018. In this role, she has contributed to exhibitions and publications on Postwar artists such as Georg Baselitz, Astrid Klein or John Baldessari. In 2021, on occasion of Joseph Beuys’ centenary, she curated an art parcours across the city of Munich encompassing 7 public sites and 10 works by the artist. The project analyzed the artist’s heritage in the context of a global, multicultural society.
As independent curator and researcher, Tatjana’s major focus lies on the feminist art scene of the 1960-80s in New York City, in which she is developing her PhD. She is investigating the intersection between theoreticians and visual artists and how their informal encounters through studio sharing, mutual travel, discursive circles or even parties affected their creative output. In this context, she is also researching first encounters between feminist art practitioners from the United States and Eastern-Europe right after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Tatjana’s key research areas include collective memory, trauma, social engagement, and feminist activism.