Tina Rivers Ryan is an expert in modern and contemporary art, with a special interest in the relationship between art and media technologies. She holds five degrees in art history: a B.A. from Harvard University, three Masters Degrees, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
In 2015, Dr. Ryan joined the staff of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. As a Curatorial Assistant, she has worked on half a dozen shows at The Met, including the monographic retrospective of Lygia Pape (Spring 2017) and the postwar survey "Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980" (Fall 2017). Before joining The Met, she held various internships at MoMA PS1, the New Museum, and the ICA Boston, among other institutions. Outside of The Met, she develops independent curatorial projects, including the upcoming Spring 2017 gallery show "Kaleidoscope Eyes."
Since 2013, Dr. Ryan has regularly contributed reviews to Artforum and its website, Artforum.com. Her criticism primarily looks at new media art from the 1960s onwards, and is focused on both emerging and mid-career artists. Other texts, including her interviews, obituaries, and essays, have appeared in Art in America, ArtinAmerica.com, Even, and Document.
In "State of the Arts," Dr. Ryan and her friend and colleague, Dr. Sarah C. Schaefer, explore how art and its history shape our world today. In addition to offering their own insight on the intersection of art history and contemporary current events, the hosts often interview experts on topics ranging from ancient Middle Eastern art to public memorials. To listen to over 25 episodes dating back to 2014 or subscribe to new episodes, visit its website, www.arthistory.today.
Dr. Ryan's research has appeared in academic journals (such as Art Journal and Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media), as well as in as number of anthologies from university presses. She also has presented her work at the annual conferences of the College Art Association (CAA) and Modernist Studies Association; at professional conferences in Canada and Germany; and at multiple graduate student conferences from Los Angeles to Toronto. In the 2016-17 academic year, she will give invited lectures at the University of Notre Dame, NYU, and the University of St. Andrews, and will also present again at the CAA conference in New York. 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.
An experienced educator, Dr. Ryan 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. Since 2010, she has been a highly-ranked instructor of Columbia's Core Curriculum class “Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art,” a survey that trains undergraduate students in visual literacy.
Since 2011, Dr. Ryan has been a featured speaker for One Day University, lecturing on art to tens of thousands of adults at scores of events in more than twenty cities across the country. She also lectures at corporate and social events. For private bookings, please contact her agent, Cassidy & Fishman.