Tara McDowell

Assoc Professor


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Tara McDowell is Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include contemporary curating, exhibition histories, art institutions, feminist and queer spaces of sociability and production, alternative archives and forms of documentation, and historical and contemporary models of experimental arts education. Recent curatorial projects include the experimental symposium Shapeshifters: New Forms of Curatorial Research (2019); John Baldessari: Wall Painting (2017 and 2019); 124,908, for the 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Georgia (2015); Nothing Beside Remains (2014); and The Land Grant: Flatbread Society with Amy Franceschini (2014). She publishes and lectures frequently, and her writing has appeared in art-agendaartforum.comArtlink, Discipline, Filip, The Lifted Brow, The Miami Rail, Mousse, un Magazine, un Magazine, and The Exhibitionista journal on curatorial practice for which she was Founding Senior Editor. McDowell has held curatorial appointments at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, where she mounted many solo and group exhibitions, including projects on Minimalism, Fluxus, assemblage, and avant-garde cinema. McDowell holds a PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her recent books include The Artist As (Sternberg Press, 2018) and The Householders: Robert Duncan and Jess (The MIT Press, 2019), which was awarded the 2018 CAA Millard Meiss Publication Fund Award.

Education/Academic qualification

Art History, PhD, University of California Berkeley

Award Date: 31 May 2013

Research area keywords

  • Curatorial practice
  • Contemporary Art History & Art Theory
  • Social Justice
  • climate change
  • Feminism


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