Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan (Academia.edu; Vitae; LinkedIn) is an art historian, educator, and critic specializing in art from the 1960s to the present day. Currently, she is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, building upon her earlier experience at MoMA PS1, the New Museum, and the ICA Boston, among other institutions.
Dr. Ryan holds a BA from Harvard University, an MA from the University of California, Irvine, and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University. Her academic research focuses on the relationship between art and new media technologies, and she has presented or published on topics including the “intermedia” environments of Otto Piene, the video art of Earl Reiback, and a videogame designed by Timothy Leary. Her first book project, “McLuhan’s Bulbs: Light Art and the Dawn of New Media,” examines the light art of the 1960s as a fulcrum between the discourses of “medium" and “media” in postwar art.
Her research has appeared in Art Journal and Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, as well as in books from presses including Oxford University Press and Düsseldorf University Press, and in catalogs for museums and galleries including the Tate and the Walker Art Center. She has been invited to present her work at the annual conferences of the College Art Association (2014, 2015, 2017) and Modernist Studies Association (2012); at professional conferences in Canada (2015, 2016) and Germany (2012); and at multiple graduate student conferences across North America, from the University of Southern California to the University of Toronto. Most recently, she was invited to serve as a category juror for ArtPrize, the world’s most attended art fair, and to present her research on early time-based media art at Notre-Dame and a speaker series at NYU.
An experienced educator, she has developed and taught courses on contemporary art at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute, as well as at the Museum of Modern Art, where she pioneered a novel “ultra-contemporary” course focusing on art from the 1990s to today. From 2010-2014, she was a highly-ranked instructor of Columbia University’s Core Curriculum class “Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art,” which trains undergraduate students in visual literacy.
Beyond her academic and museum work, Dr. Ryan is a regular contributor to magazines such as Artforum and Art in America, and co-hosts the popular art history podcast, “State of the Arts.”