Kraynak, Janet

Janet  Kraynak
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
Visual Arts Program Coordinator, Eugene Lang College

I am a scholar of postwar and contemporary art history and theory, and hold 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); and the development of linguistically-based artworks. My more recent scholarship engages the socio-economic 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.
Recent Publications:
Reiterating Nauman, University of Minnesota Press, Electronic Mediation Series, forthcoming 2013.
Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman's Words: Writings and Interviews, Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 2003.

Articles and Essays:
"‘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, 6th Floor
New York, NY  10011
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-8916 x3788


Professional Affiliations:
Field Editor of Exhibition Reviews, Modern and Contemporary, New York/International,

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