Dore Bowen
Research Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Dore Bowen, PhD, writes on modern and contemporary art, focusing on photography and installation, as well as precursors, such as the diorama and other modern spectacles. Her research probes how artists and artisans employ various media to reflect on the limits of experience within modernity, or to propose new kinds of experience. Her writing explores methods that highlight the experiential, including phenomenology and queer feminist art history.

In 2019 Bowen published Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters, with Constance M. Lewallen (University of California Press), instigated by her 2018 reinstallation of Nauman’s San Jose Installation (Double Wedge Corridor with Mirror) (1970). Currently, she is completing a monograph charting the diorama from 1822 to the present, focusing on the anti-modern experience of time cultivated in these visual displays. Bowen also publishes in anthologies, peer-reviewed journals, and arts magazines. She is an editor-at-large for the Brooklyn Rail.
Prior to serving as lead curator for Nauman’s San Jose Installation, Bowen curated or co-curated several exhibitions, including her 2009 Early Man on a Modern Road—a five-part museum intervention at the Musée de Prehistoire des gorges du Verdon; Soit dit en passant and Not Given: Talking of and Around Photographs of Arab Women (La Compagnie, Marseille, 2006/Camerawork, San Francisco, 2007), both of which focused on the way keywords lend a gendered meaning to photographs in the Arab Image Foundation collection, and; Agitate: Negotiating the Photographic Process (Camerawork, 2003). These and other projects have been supported by fellowships and grants from the Camargo Foundation, Clark Art Institute, Centre Allemand d’histoire de l’art, and the Getty Center.



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