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Tara McDowell

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

20082019

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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

Award Date: 31 May 2013

Research area keywords

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

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Projects

Research Output

Agatha Gothe-Snape and Wrong Solo’s “Certain Situations”

McDowell, T., 2019, Art Agenda.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationShort ReviewResearch

Open Access

Falling in love (Or, is the curatorial a methodology?)

McDowell, T., 2019, Artlink, 39, 3, p. 54-61 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

Horizon Lines: On Tom Nicholson's Lines that could be scars

McDowell, T., 2019, Discipline, 5, p. 37-44 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

John Baldessari’s Punishment Piece

McDowell, T., 2019, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art. 19, 1, p. 53-69 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The Householders: Robert Duncan and Jess

McDowell, T., 2019, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: The MIT Press. 248 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Prizes

MADA Education Grant

McDowell, Tara (Recipient), 1 Jun 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) Publication Subsidy

McDowell, Tara (Recipient), 10 May 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) Publication Subsidy

McDowell, Tara (Recipient), 1 Oct 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Monash Art Projects (MAP)

McDowell, Tara (Recipient), 1 Jun 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 13 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 12 Contribution to conference
  • 6 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 3 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

AAANZ Annual Conference 2018

Tara McDowell (Invited speaker)

7 Dec 2018

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

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