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Tina Rivers Ryan (Academia.eduLinkedIn) is an art historian, educator, and critic who specializes in art, avant-garde film, and visual culture from the 1960s to the present day. Her current 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.

She holds a BA from Harvard University, an MA from the University of California, Irvine, and an MA and an MPhil from Columbia University, where she is receiving her PhD in 2015. Her dissertation “McLuhan’s Bulbs: Light Art and the Dawn of New Media” was completed with the support of a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. At the Met, she assisted on curatorial projects within the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, building upon her earlier experience at museums including P.S.1/MoMA, the New Museum, and the ICA Boston. 

Her academic research has appeared in journals including Art Journal and Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, as well as in books from Oxford University Press and Düsseldorf University Press, among others. Additionally, she has presented her research at the annual conferences of the College Art Association (2014) and Modernist Studies Association (2012); at professional conferences in Canada (2015) and Germany (2012); and at numerous graduate student conferences across North America, including at the University of Southern California, the University of Iowa, Columbia University, the University of Toronto, and Boston University. 

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 since the 1990s. Since 2010, she has been a highly-ranked instructor of Columbia University’s Core Curriculum class "Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art,” which trains undergraduate students in visual literacy. In addition to her academic teaching experience, she has offered lectures on art to adults in almost two dozen cities across the country via One Day University.

Her articles for more general audiences have appeared in magazines such as Artforum and Art in America, and in catalogs for museums and galleries including the Tate, the Walker Art Center, and the Len Lye Foundation. Online, her writing appears on websites including Artforum, Smarthistory, Art History Teaching Resources, and The Toast; she also maintains a blog on Artsy.net and is co-host of the website ArtHistory.today and its podcast, “State of the Arts.” 

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