Apel, Dora 1952-

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APEL, Dora 1952-


Born January 22, 1952, in Philadelphia, PA; daughter of Samuel and Ethel (Ajzenkrantz) Apel; married Gregory Wittkopp, May 25, 1990; children: Rachel. Education: State University of New York Binghamton, B.A. (anthropology) and B.A. (studio art), both 1974; Wayne State University, M.A., (history of art) 1989; University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. (history of art), 1995.


Office—Department of Art and Art History, 150 Community Arts Bldg., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202. E-mail—[email protected].


Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, adjunct professor, 1987-88, 1994-99, assistant professor and holder of W. Hawkins Ferry Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art History, 1999—. Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, lecturer in humanities, 1997-99; guest lecturer at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1993, and at Detroit Institute of Arts; guest on media programs.


College Art Association of America, American Studies Association, German Studies Association, Historians of German and Central European Art and Architecture, Midwest Art History Society.


Grants from Holocaust Educational Foundation, 1996, and National Endowment for the Humanities, 1999; Faculty Recognition Award, Board of Governors, Wayne State University, 2003, for Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing; Distinguished Alumna Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2003.


Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 2002.

Imagery of Lynching: Black Men, White Women, and the Mob, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 2004.

Editor of Cranbrook Art Museum exhibition catalogs. Contributor to books, including Visual Culture and the Holocaust, edited by Barbie Zelizer, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 2001; and to exhibition catalogs. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including American Quarterly, Other Voices: (e)Journal of Cultural Criticism, Left History, Art Bulletin, Dissent, Bridge, New Art Examiner, and New German Critique. Contributing editor, Trait: Journal of Regional Arts and Culture, 1999-2000.



Art Journal, summer, 2003, Eunice Lipton, review of Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing, pp. 100-102.

Biography, summer, 2003, Liliane Weissberg, review of Memory Effects, p. 487.

Choice, December, 2002, E. E. Hirshler, review of Memory Effects.

Jewish News, November 1, 2002, Sharon Luckerman, "Homegrown Talent: Local Authors Offer Wide Range of Books for a Broad Audience," December 13, 2002, Suzanne Chessler, "Secondary Witnesses: WSU Professor Explores Memory and Meaning of World War II through Holocaust Imagery Created by Post-War Artists."