Introducing a Keynote Speaker: Susan Cahan

This week, we are introducing another keynote speaker we are very happy to have: Dean Susan Cahan.

Susan Cahan_photo credit Andrew Schmit

Susan Cahan is a scholar and curator who specializes in contemporary art and the history of museums. Her research focuses on the relationship between social and artistic change, and the confluence of factors that shape the way culture is imagined, discussed, and transformed. She has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and was Senior Curator for the contemporary art collection of Eileen and Peter Norton and Arts Program Director for the Norton Family Foundation. Currently the Dean the Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia), she was previously the Associate Dean and Dean for the Arts in Yale College, she has also held academic posts at Bard College; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her book, Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power, published by Duke University Press in 2016, examines the impact of the civil rights movement on art museums in New York City. She has edited and contributed essays to several volumes of criticism and exhibition catalogues.


See also…

Cahan’s article “Performing Identity and Persuading a Public: The Harlem on My Mind Controversy” (Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 2007) 

More about her book, Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power

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