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Tara McDowell

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

20082018
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Personal profile

Biography

Tara McDowell is Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. McDowell’s curatorial work has focused recently on speculative histories, experimental pedagogy, and public space. She was a curator of the 2nd Tbilisi Triennial (2015) and Founding Senior Editor of The Exhibitionist, a journal on curatorial practice and exhibition making. She publishes and lectures frequently, and her writing has appeared in outlets such as art-agendaArtforum, FillipMousse, and un Magazine. 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 Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Art History, PhD, University of California Berkeley

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Projects 2014 2017

Research Output 2008 2018

Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni’s “The Everted Capital”

McDowell, T., 2018, Art Agenda.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationShort ReviewResearch

Role play: An introduction to 'The Artist As'

Burns, A., Lundh, J. & McDowell, T., 2018, The Artist As. Burns, A., Lundh, J. & McDowell, T. (eds.). Berlin, Germany: Sternberg Press, p. 7-15 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

The artist as thread: On artist-organised infrastructure

McDowell, T., 2018, The Artist As. Burns, A., Lundh, J. & McDowell, T. (eds.). Berlin, Germany: Sternberg Press, p. 77-96 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Adventures of You

McDowell, T., 2017, Caulfield East, Vic, Australia: Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). 13 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueResearch

John Baldessari: Wall Painting

McDowell, T., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formCurationOther

Prizes

MADA Education Grant

Tara McDowell (Recipient), 1 Jun 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) Publication Subsidy

Tara McDowell (Recipient), 1 Oct 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) Publication Subsidy

Tara McDowell (Recipient), 10 May 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Monash Art Projects (MAP)

Tara McDowell (Recipient), 1 Jun 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2009 2019

  • 13 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 12 Contribution to conference
  • 6 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Editorial responsibility

Amor Mundi as a Curatorial Ethics

Tara McDowell (Contributor)
6 Feb 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Shapeshifters: New Forms of Curatorial Research

Tara McDowell (Organiser), Helen Hughes (Member of programme committee), Charles Francis Sofo (Invited speaker), Lucreccia Maria Gomez Quintanilla (Invited speaker)
13 Mar 201914 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial

Tara McDowell (Invited speaker)
1 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Art in Translation: Current Perspectives on Arts Writing

Tara McDowell (Invited speaker)
28 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Convenor: 'Making Asian Art Public/s': Public Conversation

Michelle Antoinette (Host), Tara McDowell (Contributor), Frances Barrett (Contributor), Mira Asriningtyas (Contributor), Norberto Roldan (Contributor), Mark Teh (Contributor), Suzann Victor (Contributor), Tintin Wulia (Contributor)
29 Jun 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

ARTLINK: 'John Baldessari: Wall Painting'

Tara McDowell

8/12/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Review

Any Form of Cultural Labor is Collective

Tara McDowell

1/06/15

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Tara McDowell by Camila Marambio

Tara McDowell

1/02/15

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

FRIEZE: 'Octopus 14: Nothing Beside Remains'

Tara McDowell

1/11/14

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature