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Dan Adler

BA (McGill), MA (Toronto), PhD (CUNY)

Associate Professor, Department of Visual Art & Art History, Full Time

Professor Adler’s areas of research include the history of art writing, German modernism, Frankfurt School theory, conceptual art, and the theory and history of contemporary art. He teaches courses in 19th and 20th century art, with particular interests in 19th-century European painting, French and German Dada, and the development and reception of the conceptual art movement.

Professor Adler is the author of Hanne Darboven: Cutural History 1880-1983 (Afterall Books/MIT Press 2009) and co-editor (with Mitchell Frank) of German Art History and Scientific Thought: Beyond Formalism (Ashgate Press, 2012). A former senior editor of the Bibliography of the History of Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, he has published in the journal Art History and regularly contributes reviews to Artforum, C Magazine, and Border Crossings. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the aesthetics of contemporary sculpture.

In addition to his formal university studies, Dr. Adler is an alumnus of the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. His curatorial credits include the exhibition “When Hangover Becomes Form: Rachel Harrison and Scott Lyall" (2006), held at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). He was co-organizer of the DAAD-sponsored conference Tainted Goods: Contemporary Sculpture and the Critique of Display Cultures in Germany and Europe, held at York University and University of Toronto in May 2012.