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Tina Rivers Ryan, PhD

Assistant Curator

Dr. Tina Rivers RyanDr. Tina Rivers Ryan joined the Albright-Knox in May 2017. From 2015 to 2017, Ryan was a Curatorial Research Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She also previously held internships at MoMA/PS1, the New Museum, and the ICA Boston, and taught courses on contemporary art at MoMA, Columbia University, and the Pratt Institute.

At The Met, in addition to working on rotations of the permanent collection, she helped organize the exhibitions Lygia Pape: A Multitude of Forms and the forthcoming Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980, to which she contributed a catalogue essay on art and technology. From 2016 to 2017, she co-chaired the Museum’s Time-Based Media Working Group, an interdepartmental group devoted to the collection, conservation, and exhibition of time-based media art.

Ryan received her PhD from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in 2016. Her dissertation McLuhan’s Bulbs: Light Art and the Dawn of New Media was awarded a 2014–2015 Jane and Morgan Whitney Pre-doctoral Fellowship by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also holds three Master’s degrees from Columbia University and the University of California, Irvine, and completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard.

Ryan’s writing has been published in Artforum, Art in America, Even, Art Journal, and Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, as well as in several edited anthologies and exhibition catalogues. She has presented conference papers and invited lectures internationally, including talks at New York University’s “Topics in Time-Based Media Art Conservation” speaker series in 2016 and the MediaArtHistories conference in Montréal in 2015. A specialist in postwar and contemporary art, Ryan is particularly interested in artists working with time-based and new media technologies.

Assistant Curator Tina Rivers Ryan leads a gallery talk on Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective on May 4, 2018. Photograph by MK Photo.

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