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  • Jeannine Tang

    Assistant Professor of Modern/Contemporary Art History & 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 since the 1960s, a book of queer and transgender legends in contemporary art, projects on Julia Scher and Shu Lea Cheang. Subjects of forthcoming writing and teaching include: art after the internet, contemporary ambient and sonic forms, land and climate change in Asia; visual cultures of the British penal code in South and Southeast Asia. Interim Program Director of Visual Studies (2021-2022)

    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 (2021)

    “Watching Paint, Motion Picture” Soft Turnings: Tan Guo Liang (Singapore: Ota Fine Art, 2021)

    "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)

    Performances and Appearances


    "Tectonics" The Challenge of Place and Planet session, Towards Ecocritical Art History: Methods and Practices. 31 March - 1 April 2022, 5-8 PM (CET), online. University of Vienna, Vienna Anthropocene Network

    Looking Like a Person: Portraits After Coloniality conference, convened by Malik Gaines and Melinda McCurdy. The Huntingdon Library and Art Museum, October 2. 2021. 

    "Ring of Fire" Museum of Modern Art, C-MAP Seminar, Politics of Position, June 10, 9–11 am EST. Registration at: https://moma.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UG2PG2A2RZ6U2iAC4zGsYA

    "Subject to Security: Tishan Hsu and Julia Scher" at Future Bodies from a Recent Past—Sculpture, Technology, and the Body since the 1950s, Museum Brandhorst, February 23, 2021.


    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

    Singapore Art Museum inaugural residency (2022)

    Warhol Writer's Grant (Book) 2020

    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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    Past Courses

    Arts Sr. Seminar: Essay
    LINA 4900, Spring 2023

    Contemporary Asian Art
    LVIS 3041, Spring 2023

    Exhibitions as History
    LVIS 2010, Spring 2023

    Ind Senior Project
    LINA 4990, Fall 2022

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