Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan is curator who specializes in art from the 1960s to the present day, with a focus on the uses of new media technologies. She holds five degrees in art history, including a BA from Harvard and PhD from Columbia.
In 2015, Dr. Ryan joined the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a Curatorial Assistant, she has worked on half a dozen shows at The Met, including the major retrospective Lygia Pape: A Multitude of Forms (Spring 2017) and the postwar survey Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1985 (Fall 2017). Before joining The Met, she held internships at MoMA PS1, the New Museum, and the ICA Boston, among other institutions.
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 anthologies from university presses. She has presented her work at the annual conferences of the College Art Association and Modernist Studies Association; at professional conferences in Canada and Germany; and at 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. 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.
Since 2013, Dr. Ryan has also worked as a critic, focusing on emerging new media artists and writing primarily for Artforum. Her writings on a variety of topics, including interviews, obituaries, and essays, have appeared in Art in America, Even, and Document.
Educator and Public Speaker
An experienced educator, Dr. Ryan has developed courses on contemporary art at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art. As a professional public speaker, she has offered lectures on art to adults 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.