Kraynak, Janet

Janet  Kraynak
PhD, History, Theory, and Criticism of Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001

I have been full-time faculty at the New School since 2005. I am a scholar of postwar and contemporary art history and theory, with a joint appointment in the Dept. of Arts, Lang College, and the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons. My research interests trace the radical transformation of the art object in the postwar era, including the emergence of non-traditional, time-based media; performance strategies and their relationship to technologies of reproduction (including video and sound). My more recent scholarship engages the socio-economic and political conditions of contemporary art, in particular in relationship to the collapse of the Cold War and the advent of globalization; as well as the impact of social media. I have also maintained a longstanding profile as a critic and independent curator, where I seek to apply my scholarship to critical texts and exhibitions that reach a broader audience outside the academy. I am currently working on a book (tentatively titled), The Digitization of Everyday Life: Coercion, Conflict and Dissent in Recent Art and Cultural Practices, which examines the fate of the political sphere in light of the emergence of new technologies, as well as the concomitant ideologies and behaviors that have accompanied them.
Courses Taught:
Beyond the White Cube: The Public Art Fund and the Democratization of Culture in NYC
History and Theory of Exhibitions
Power and Visuality
Methods of Art History and Visual Studies
Globalization and Visual Culture
Recent Publications:
Nauman Reiterated, Electronic Mediations Series, University of Minnesota Press, 2014.
Monica Bonvicini, Phaidon Press, 2014.
Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman's Words: Writings and Interviews, Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 2003.

Articles and Essays:
"Rosemarie Trockel and the Body of Society," The Journal of Visual Culture, vol. 13 no. 2 (August 2014): 139-167

"‘Therapeutic‘ Participation: On the Legacy of Nauman’s Yellow Room and Other Works,“ in Practicable, Samuel Bianchini and Erik Verhagen (eds.), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, forthcoming, 2013.

"The Land and the Economics of Sustainability,“ Art Journal, Winter, 2010.

"Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present,“, Fall, 2010.

“Dependant Participation: Bruce Nauman’s Environments,” in Art and the Moving Image: A Critical Reader, ed. Tanya Leighton (London: Afterall/Tate Publishers), 2008.

"Art History’s Present Tense," in Elizabeth Mansfield, ed. Making Art History: A Changing Discipline and Its Institutions (London and New York: Routledge), 2007
Office Location:
Parsons, The New School for Design
Art & Design Studies
2 West 13th Street, Room 610
New York, NY  10011
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-8916 x3788


Professional Affiliations:

Editorial Board, Art Journal

College Art Association

American Comparative Literature Association

Awards and Honors:
Recipient, 2010 Art Journal Award of Distinction

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