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Art History Today

My colleague Sarah Schaefer and I were recently invited to write about our website, www.arthistory.today, and its podcast, "State of the Arts,” for the website Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR). In our post, we discuss how the ongoing evolution of both education and visual culture have concretely impacted our work as art historians. …

“Plugged In, Turned On"

The Walker Art Center’s “Living Collections” publication intitiative, funded by the Getty Foundation, just released its second volume, which is devoted to the topic of expanded art. I contributed a piece on the Walker’s ground-breaking 1967 show “Light/Motion/Space,” as well as virtual “wall texts” for a number of related objects in the Walker’s permanent collection. …

The "West Coast Tour” Continues...

Tina Rivers Ryan Portland

This past weekend, I enjoyed my first trip to Portland, Oregon. On Friday, I live-tweeted my visit to the Portland Art Museum, and on Saturday, I spoke on the importance of painting at the Gerding Theater at the Armory, for a One Day U event presented by The Oregonian. …

On Warhol

Last week, I participated in a panel at the national conference of academic artists and art historians (CAA) on new initiatives to promote the field of art history. (Along with my friend and colleague Sarah Schaefer, I presented our attempt to bring art history to the masses through our podcast, "State of the Arts," and its website,

May 1st Lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

During the 2014-15 academic year, my research is being sponsored by a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Starting in March, all of the fellows will be presenting their research in weekly themed panels, held on Friday mornings. …

Spring 2015 West Coast Lectures

This spring, I’ll be lecturing in Portland (with the Oregonian Media Group) and Seattle(with the Seattle Times), so if you missed me in San Diego in the fall, here’s your chance to see me on the West Coast!

Lecture at the 92nd St Y, NYC

On March 28th, I’ll be speaking at the famed 92nd St Y here in New York. I’ll be discussing four can’t-miss rooms in local art museums, as a way of tallking about the importance of history and place in viewing and understanding works of art. …

Artforum.com review of Cory Arcangel at Team Gallery

Cory Arcangel’s work is really rich, and I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, so this was the most challenging review I’ve written to date. There’s much more to say, but…this will have to do, for now.

"Wise Lights"

My first article devoted exclusively to the topic of the Howard Wise Gallery (the subject I’ve been researching for the past four years) is now out; you can find it in the October 2014 issue of Art in America. The article is part of a series the magazine is running on important historical galleries, and previews the (much) larger project that I’m wrapping up in 2015.

Now in print: Efficient Causation

You can now order Efficient Causation: A History, the first title from Oxford’s new “Philosophical Concepts” series. Each book in the series will provide a “biography” of a specific philosophical concept, outlining its development over time. …

Tina Rivers Ryan 2015