visual arts

Diane Neumaier

Professor of Photography

Diane Neumaier is a photographer who has exhibited and written about photography since the late 1960s. Her 1970-90s feminist photographic series satirize mainstream cultural politics. Her 2000 memorial exhibition, A Voice Silenced, draws on four decades of photographs and recordings of her grandmother, Leonore Schwarz Neumaier, first contralto of the Frankfurt Opera who was murdered by the Nazis. This large-scale installation unexpectedly led her to explore abstract photographic imagery ranging from unique darkroom photograms to digital prints, ongoing work that continues today. Diane Neumaier was a Fulbright Scholar in Russia throughout 1994 and has organized numerous exchanges and exhibitions between Rutgers University and Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern European artists and museums. Neumaier organized and edited Beyond Memory: Soviet Nonconformist Photography and Photo-Based Works of Art (Rutgers University Press, 2005); New American Feminist Photographies (Temple University Press, 1996); Russian Photography Today (Art Journal: Guest Edited Issue, CAA, 1994); and Cultures in Contention (with Douglas Kahn, New Comet Press, 1985).