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  • Soyoung Yoon

    Assistant Professor of Visual Studies; Program Director and Departmental Faculty Advisor for Visual Studies


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    Soyoung Yoon


    Soyoung Yoon is Assistant Professor and Program Director of Art History & Visual Studies at the Department of the Arts, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School. Also, Yoon is a Visiting Faculty of Critical Theory at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (ISP). In 2015-16, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women under the annual theme of “Fatigue." Yoon received her PhD from Stanford University, and holds a BA from Seoul National University. She has published in Grey Room, Discourse, Women & Performance, Millennium Film Journal, Shifters, among other journals and books.

    Yoon is at work on two book projects around the re-definition of the "document" and the shift in its performative claims to the real from the post-war period to the present: Walkie Talkie: Cinéma vérité, Politics of Truth, from the Cold War to the War on Terror and TV-Buddhas: The Work of Art in the Age of Technowar. 

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    Degrees Held

    PhD, Art History, Stanford University Department of Art & Art History
    MA, Art History, Stanford University Department of Art & Art History
    BA summa cum laude, Art History & English Literature, Seoul National University

    Professional Affiliation

    Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (ISP)
    College Art Association (CAA)
    Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
    American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

    Recent Publications

    “The Science of the Concrete” in DUMP!: Unmaking Making in a Multispecies Anthropocene, eds. Elaine Gan, Steven Lam, and Sarah Lookofsky, in preparation


    “Do a Number: The Facticity of the Voice, or Reading Stop-and-Frisk Data,” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 39.3 (Fall 2017), forthcoming


    “There is still a voice in my head,” for “Reverie, on the Liberation from Work,” for Danilo Correale: At Work’s End (September 28 - November 9, 2017) catalogue to exhibition at Art in General


    “Where Is That Music Coming From? On Yvonne Rainer’s The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there’s nothing left to move?” in Yvonne Rainer, ed. Yvonne Rainer: Moving and Being Moved (Amsterdam: Roma Publications, 2017), 39-56


    “Beware the Light: Figure vs. Ground, White vs. Black (Blue): Sondra Perry’s Blue Room and Technologies of Race,” Millennium Film Journal, no.65 (Spring 2017): 30-37


    “Judith Scott’s What is Property?: An Inquiry into Principles of Dependency, Propriety and Self-Possession of an ‘Outsider’ Artist,” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, vol. 26, no.2-3 (July-November 2016): 241-251


    “Agitated Pixels: On Carolee Schneemann and Further Evidence,” for Carolee Schneemann: Further Evidence—Exhibit A & B (October 21-December 3, 2016), catalogue to exhibition at P.P.O.W. Gallery and Galerlie Lelong


    Contributor to Hostile Takeover, ed. Sarah Lookofsky, for the 9th Berlin Biennale’s Fear of Content:


    “To Hold a We,” Critics Page: “The Tactic,” eds. Huey Copeland and Hannah Feldman, Brooklyn Rail, May 3, 2016


    “Where is That Music Coming From?: On Yvonne Rainer’s The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there’s nothing left to move?” (Summer 2015) (commissioned manuscript from Museum of Modern Art [MoMA], Department of Media and Performance Art)


    “The Soothsayer’s Gesture: Mobile User Objective Systems, Sicily, and Maria Rapicavoli’s Open Sky” for Maria Rapicavoli: A Cielo Aperto (February 27, 2014-April 08, 2014) catalogue to the exhibition at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)


    “Cinema Against the ‘Permanent Curfew of Geometry’: Guy Debord’s On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time (1959),” Grey Room 52 (Summer 2013): 38-61


    “Anti-Matter: Détournement and the Dialectics of Desire” in Il mondo è già stato filmato, si tratta ora di trasformarlo: Guy Debord e il cinema, eds. Monica Dall’Asta and Marco Grosoli (Pisa: Edizioni ETS, 2012), 61-79



    Performances and Appearances

    The Quantification of Violence, Asian American Writers' Workshop, October 14, 2017


    Hypervisibilities, Symposium, The New School and UnionDocs, October 6-7, 2017

    - Organized by the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics and artist Sondra Perry

    - Moderator of Panel on Art & Activism with Gregg Bordowitz, Mendi+Keith Obadike, and Gregg Tate


    GIDEST Seminar, The New School, September 22, 2017

    - "Do a Number: The Facticity of the Voice, or Reading Stop-and-Frisk Data"

    - With Siona Wilson as Invited Respondent


    Symposium on Fluxus - Film, University of Chicago, May 5-6, 2017

    - "TV Buddhas: Video, Vietnam, and the Ultimate Protest"

    - Invited Speaker at Symposium, part of Concrete Happenings (Fall 2016-Spring 2017), organized by Dept of Art History at Univ of Chicago

    - In tandem with the exhibition Vostell Concrete 1969-1973 (January 17-June 11, 2017), Smart Museum


    1:1 Systems Theory in Practice after WWII, Symposium, Yale University, April 20-21, 2017

    - "'A Cyborg Manifesto': Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Apparatus Re-visited"

    - Invited Speaker at Symposium, organized by History of Art Dept at Yale University, in Panel: "Soft Systems: Language as Information System," with Gregg Bordowitz, Judith Rodenbeck


    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, March 31, 2017

    - "I See, As Plain As Plain Can Be: Animation, Slow Violence, and Peggy Ahwesh's Lessons of War"

    - Organized by English Dept and East Asian Studies & World Cinemas Program


    Far From Vietnam: The Legacy of the Vietnam War and Contemporary Art, Symposium, University of California, Irvine, February 27, 2017

    - "TV Buddhas: Video, Vietnam, and Human Weapons"

    - Invited Speaker at Symposium, part of Sawyer Seminar: Documenting War, organized by UCI School of Humanities 


    "Exhibit C: A Talk with Carolee Schneemann" at PPOW and Galerie Lelong, December 2, 2016


    "Treve (A Time to Rest)" and "Whose Country?," Screening and Directors' Talk, The New School, October 25, 2016

    - Organized by ArteEast in collaboration with the Visual Studies Program

    - Moderator of Directors' Tlak with Myriam el Hage and M. Siam


    The Graduate Center, CUNY, September 14, 2016

    - "Is it alive, is it real?: Around Yvonne Rainer's The Concept of Dust"

    - Organized by the Social Choreography Mellon Seminar in Public Engagement and Collaborative Research in the Humaniteis and the PhD program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY

    - In tandem with the exhibition Alison Knowles' House of Dust (September 7-October 20, 2016)


    What Now? 2016: "On Future Identities," Symposium, The New School, May 20-21, 2016

    - Organized by Art in General in collaborationwith the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics

    - Moderator of Panel on Technology and Presentations of Self with Daniel Bejar, Sondra Perry, and Alise Tifentale


    Whitney Independent Study Program: Critical Studies Symposium: Critical Perspectives on Visual Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, May 20, 2016

    - Invited Respondent to Session II of Symposium


    The Anthropocene Curriculum, Campus: The Technosphere Issue, Haus der Kulturen Welt, Berlin, Germany, April 15-17, 2016

    - Feral Technologies: Making and Unmaking Multi-Species Dump, Seminar

    - With Anna Tsing, Bettina Stoetzer, and Elaine Gan


    "What's So Funny? Laughter and Anger in the Time of the Assassins: A Screening and Talk with Yvonne Rainer," Brown University, April 6-7, 2016

    - Invited Respondent to Talk and Moderator of Discussion with Rainer 

    - Organized by Modern Culture & Media Dept at Brown University


    Hemispheres: A Labyrinth Sketchbook by Silvia Gruner, Exhibition (February 24-June 18, 2016) at Americas Society/Council of the Americas, New York, NY

    - Moderator of Panel: "How to Look at Mexican Art: A Panel on Silvia Gruner," February 23, 2016

    - With Gabriela Rangel, Tatiana Cuevas, Irmgard Emmelhainz


    Seizing the Means of Reproduction, Symposium, Brown University, Febraury 19, 2016

    - "How to get a wheelchair over sand: Art, Austerity, and Expropriation of the Senses"

    - Invited Speaker at Symposium on Marxist Feminism, organized by Modern Culture & Media Dept at Borwn Univerity

    - With Mimi Abramovitz, Aren Aizura, Silvia Federici, Selma James, Priya Kandaswamy, Sara Clarke Kaplan, Premilla Nadsen, Frances Fox Piven, Neferti Tadiar, Kathi Weeks


    American Realness 2016, Annual Performance Art Festival, January 7-17 2016

    - Invited Speaker at Panel: "A Charming Uproar: On Documenting Dance," January 10, 2014

    - With Thomas J. Lax, Joshua Lubin-Levy, Cassie May


    America is Hard to See, Exhibition (May 1-September 27, 2015) at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

    - "99 Objects: Soyoung Yoon on Air Mail Stickers by Yayoi Kusama," August 21, 2015

      New Museum, New York, May 16, 2015 - Invited Speaker at Panel: "Deferment & Late Arrivals: Screening and Disucssion with Caroline Key and Soyoung Yoon" -  

    Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, Exhibition (February 8-May 17, 2015) at Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

    - Invited Speaker at Panel: "In the Wake of Identity Politics," May 14, 2015

    - With Huey Copeland, Rujeko Hockley, Porochista Khakpour, Simone Leigh


    Judith Scott-Bound and Unbound, Exhibition (October 24, 2014-March 29, 2015) at Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn, NY

    - Invited Speaker at Panel: "May 1, 1943," January 8, 2015

    - With Park McArthur, Trina Rose


    Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies, Conference, New York University, April 11-13, 2014

    - "An emotional accretion in 48 steps..." in Panel: "Abstraction and Excess"

    - Invited Respondent to Panel: "Art/Work," with Juliana Huxtable, Park McArthur, Alan Ruiz, Hong-kai Wang & Nova Benway, Constantina Zavitsanos

    - Organized by Performance Studies Dept at NYU


    Maria Rapicavoli: A Cielo Aperto, Exhibition (February 27-April 8, 2014) at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY

    - Invited Speaker at Panel: "A Cielo Aperto: A Discussion with Maria Rapicavoli and Soyoung Yoon," April 1, 2014


    Light Industry, New York, September 24, 2013

    - Invited Speaker at Panel: "An Evening with Grey Room" with Alexander R. Galloway, Jason E. Smith, McKenzie Wark 

    - In tandem with screening of Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle, 1973



    Research Interests

    Postwar and Contemporary Art
    Art & Labor
    Photography, Film & Media Theory
    Performance Studies
    Marxism, Critical Theory, and Colonial Studies
    Feminism, Queer Theory, and Disability Studies


    Awards And Honors

    2017 GIDEST (Graduate Institue for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought) Faculty Research Fellowship, The New School for Social Research 

    2016 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant

    2016 Mellon Engaged Scholarship Fund, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School

    2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University

    2013 Joanne Cassullo Faculty Fellowship, Whitney ISP

    2012 The Guiding Light Award in Excellence of Teaching, Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY)

    2006 Helena Rubinstein Fellowship for Critical Studies, Whitney ISP

    2006 Stanford University Centennial Teaching Award

    Current Courses

    Independent Study

    Intro ArtHist & Visual Studies

    Intro ArtHist & Visual Studies (Spring 2020)

    Loop:The Electronic Image

    Loop:The Electronic Image (Spring 2020)

    Stills: Photography Theory

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