Since 2017, Dr. Ryan has been Assistant Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, where her projects have included the first solo museum show of Aria Dean and Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective. Previously, she was a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she worked on a half-dozen shows, including Lygia Pape: A Multitude of Forms and Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980. Before joining The Met, she held internships at MoMA PS1, the New Museum, and the ICA Boston, among other institutions. Her writing has been commissioned for catalog essays and research projects by museums including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Dia in New York, and HangarBicocca in Milan.
Since 2013, Dr. Ryan has worked as an art critic, writing primarily for Artforum and focusing on artists who engage media technologies, including Trevor Paglen, Pipilotti Rist, Stan Douglas, and Caitlin Cherry. She has also produced interviews, obituaries, and essays for publications including Art in America, Even, and Document.
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. In recent years, she has given invited lectures at schools including New York University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of St. Andrews. She also has presented her work at professional conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Germany, and at graduate student conferences from Los Angeles to Toronto. In 2020, she joined the Editorial Board of Media-N, the Journal of the New Media Caucus. Her current 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. Generally, her research foregrounds the relationship between technology and the body, informed by her own reliance on medical devices.
Educator and Public Speaker
An experienced educator, Dr. Ryan has taught 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 thirty cities across the country. She also lectures at corporate and social events. For private bookings, please contact her agent, Cassidy & Fishman.