Assistant Professor of Art and Design History, School of Art and Design History and Theory
Director / Chief Curator, Sheila Johnson Design Center (SJDC)
Radhika Subramaniam is the Director/Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and an assistant professor of art and design history and theory. Her research interests are in South Asian urban modernity and cultures of catastrophe. Her curatorial practice is cross-disciplinary and dialogic, committed to public pedagogy, critical urbanism, and political and social justice.Subramaniam previously served as director of cultural programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), where she commissioned several public art projects in downtown Manhattan and oversaw a program of art and ideas. Her projects include Living Concrete/Carrot City (co-curated with Nevin Cohen, Fall 2010), Art in Odd Places: Sign (co-curated with Erin Donnelly, October 2009), Abecedarium for Our Times (Apexart, 2008), Rods and Cones: Seeing from the Back of One's Head (guest-curated for the South Asian Women's Creative Collective, 2008), and Cities, Art and Recovery (LMCC, 2005_2006), a major two-year international initiative focused on art and culture in the aftermath of catastrophe.Subramaniam was the founding and executive editor of the interdisciplinary art journal Connect: art.politics.theory.practice, published by Arts International. She has a PhD in Performance Studies and a master's degree in anthropology.
cultural studies,curatorial practice,performance,urban studies,visual culture studies