Faculty - Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan
Photograph © 2013 Elizabeth Adan, all rights reserved


Elizabeth Adan joined the Department of Art and Design in Fall 2007. She received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Contemporary Art, Religion, and Cultural Analysis with a Doctoral Emphasis in Women's Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2006. She also holds an MA in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley and an MFA in Studio Art from U.C. Santa Barbara. In 2000-2001 she was a Critical Studies Fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Prior to her arrival at Cal Poly, she taught in the Women's Studies Program (now the Department of Feminist Studies) and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at U.C. Santa Barbara, and she has also worked as a curator and freelance arts administrator.

In addition to her work in the Department of Art and Design, Professor Adan is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and a member of the faculty advisory group in Science, Technology, and Society at Cal Poly. Her research interests include modern and contemporary art, feminist and critical theories, and performance studies. In her current research, she is investigating early second wave feminism in the visual arts via intersectional and U.S. third world feminisms.

Recent/forthcoming publications:

“Emergent Precarities and Lateral Aesthetics.” Special focus section of the minnesota review 85 (Fall 2015, Duke University Press). Co-edited with Benjamin Bateman, with a co-authored introduction.

“Seeing Things,” in Doris Salcedo (exhibition catalogue). Ed. Julie Rodrigues Widholm and Madeleine Grynsztejn. Chicago and London: MCA and The University of Chicago Press, 2015.

“Between Looking and Not Looking: Race, Spectacular Scenes and Counter-Spectacular Effects in Paul Pfeiffer’s Long Count Series,” in On Not Looking: The Paradox of Contemporary Visual Culture. Ed. Frances Guerin. Routledge, 2015.

Recent/upcoming conference papers and invited presentations:

“Re-mediation and/as Precarious Aesthetics in Ai Weiwei’s Trace (2014),” paper for the Berkeley Conference on Precarious Aesthetics, Berkeley Center for New Media, U.C. Berkeley, October 15-17, 2015.

“In, between, and amongst Space: Revisiting Representation in the Work of Doris Salcedo,” talk delivered at Doris Salcedo: A Symposium, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, October 2, 2015.

“Envisioning a US Chicana/o Feminist Art History: The Work of Yolanda M. López,” paper for the “Imagining a US Latina/o Art History (II)” panel (chair: Adriana Zavala), College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY, February 14, 2015.

Session Chair, “Lateral Aesthetics,” Emergent Precarities symposium, Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities and the American Communities Program, CSU Los Angeles, February 21, 2014.

“Feminist Art History and the Feminist Revolution: Revision, Recovery, and Inclusivity in “WACK!”” paper for the “Feminism Meets the Big Exhibition: 2005 Onwards” panel (chair: Hilary Robinson), College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY, February 13-16, 2013.


Elizabeth Adan

Associate Professor Art History
Phone: 805.756.1564
Email: eadan@calpoly.edu
Office: 34 - 143

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