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  • Jeannine Tang

    Assistant Professor of Modern/Contemporary Art History and Visual Studies


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    Jeannine Tang


    Jeannine Tang is an art historian who writes about contemporary art, queer and trans aesthetics and visual culture, curatorial and exhibition history. Before joining The New School, she taught art and curatorial history between 2010-2019 at the graduate program of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. She has published widely in such venues as Artforum, Art Journal, GLQ, journal of visual culture, Theory, Culture & Society, Art India, in addition to numerous exhibition catalogues and anthologies. In 2018, with Lia Gangitano and Ann Butler, she co-curated the exhibition “The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983–2004)” at the Hessel Museum of Art, and is co-editor of the accompanying book. She is at work on a book on art and profiling in the 1970s, and a monograph on Julia Scher’s queer surveillance installations of the 1990s. Forthcoming writing and teaching include: art after the internet, contemporary ambient and sonic forms, land-use and climate change in Asia; visual cultures of the British penal code in South and Southeast Asia. 

    Degrees Held

    Courtauld Institute of Art, History of Art (MA, PhD)

    National University of Singapore, English Literature (BA)

    Professional Affiliation

    College Art Association

    AICA International Association of Art Critics (Singapore)

    Recent Publications

    “Persons and Profiles: Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani’s Index of the Disappeared (2004-)” in Women & Performance, Special issue on Race, Vision and Surveillance (forthcoming Fall 2020)

    "Decolonizing Art History" contribution, Art History (February 2020)

    "Simulation and Security: Tishan Hsu's New York and Cologne, 1987-1990"  in Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit, ed. Sohrab Mohebbi, Kyle Dancewicz (Los Angeles: Hammer Museum and New York: Sculpture Center, 2020).

    “Holding Space: Julie Tolentino between Ana Mendieta and Zarina” in Soft and Wet ed. Sadia Shirazi (New York: EFA Project Space, 2019)

    “On What Sculpture Depends: Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, and Constantina Zavitsanos” in Who Cares: Inquires into Contemporary Sculpture, ed. Ruba Katrib, Kyle Dancewicz (New York: Sculpture Center, 2019)

    “The Sum of All Questions: Returning to the Clit Club” with Vivian Crockett, Tara Hart, Amira Khusro, Dragon Mansion,  Julie Tolentino, Queer Commons special issue, ed. Nadja Millner-Larsen and Gavin Butt, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Duke University Press (Fall 2018)

     “Sharon Hayes: Investigations and Inhabitations” in Sharon Hayes, ed. Michele Robecchi (New York: Phaidon, 2018)

    “Editor’s Note” and “Business as Unusual: American Fine Arts, Co., Colin de Land Fine Art” in The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983-2004) ed. Lia Gangitano, Ann Butler, Jeannine Tang (New York: Hessel Museum, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and Dancing Foxes Press, 2018) 

    “Exhibition Walkthrough” in Martin Beck: rumors and murmurs, ed. Matthias Michalka (Vienna: Museum Moderner Kunst, 2018) exh. cat.

    “Contemporary Art and Critical Transgender Infrastructures” Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, ed. Johanna Burton, Eric Stanley, Tourmaline (New Museum and MIT Press, 2017): 363-392

    “Into the Arena: Notes on Exhibitions and Identity Politics” in Trigger: Gender as a Tool and as a Weapon, ed. Johanna Burton (New York: New Museum, 2017) exh. cat.

    “On the Case of Curatorial History” in The Curatorial Conundrum: What to Study? What to Research? What to Practice? ed. Paul O’Neill, Mick Wilson, Lucy Steeds (MIT Press, 2016)

    “Time Travel: Notes on Contemporary Art’s Historical Present” in Time-Image, ed. Amy Powell (Houston: Blaffner Art Museum, 2015 and Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016) exh. cat. 

    “Look Again: Subjectivity, Sovereignty, and Andrea Geyer’s Spiral Lands” in Critical Landscapes: Art and the Politics of Land Use, eds. Kirsten Swenson and Emily Eliza Scott (Los Angeles and Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015)

    Performances and Appearances

    "Queer Materialisms and Contemporary Art", National University of Singapore, Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster, October 20, 2020.

    Organizer, with Mi You. The Net Will Have Been: Art and Power After Cyberspace, Singapore Art Museum, 7 September 2020. Featuring Shu Lea Cheang, Merv Espina, Nora Khan, Alessandro Ludovico, Shuddhabrata Sengupta.

    "Sightlines and Investigations" on Thinking Out Loud In Public: arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified. Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. November 16, 2019.

    "Faith Wilding's 'Rant of the Menopausal Cyborg'" on Disruption Tactics: Radical Queer Publishing and Print Culture, New Museum, 27 June 2019

    “Couplings and Uncouplings” on One Day on Cady Noland symposium, Museum für Moderne Kunst, 27 April, 2019

    “Warm Data: Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani’s Index of the Disappeared” on Race, Vision and Surveillance, College Art Association annual conference, New York 2019, organized by Kim Bobier and Marisa Williamson

    “The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983-2004)” with Lia Gangitano, Yale University School of Art, 5 October 2018

    “Tropical Storm: Ho Tzu Nyen and Lim Tzay Chuen” on The Metereological Impulse, College Art Association annual conference, New York 2017, organized by Ellen Tani and John Tyson

    “Identity Profile” What Now? Future Identities annual symposium organised by Art in General and Vera List Center, New School for Social Research. May 20-21, 2016.

    Research Interests

    Modern and contemporary art, exhibition and curatorial history, histories and theories of colonization and diaspora, feminist, queer and transgender studies

    Awards And Honors

    GIDEST faculty fellowship (2020-2021)

    LUMA fellowship (2014-2019)

    National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works grant for The Conditions of Being Art, Hessel Museum of Art (2016)

    Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies fellowship (2009-2010)

    Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian American Art Museum (2008–2009)




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    Current Courses

    Art and Its Institutions (Spring 2020)

    Arts Sr. Seminar: Essay

    Exhibitions as History

    Exhibitions as History (Spring 2020)

    Ind Senior Project

    Independent Study

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