Miwon Kwon



Miwon Kwon is trained in architecture, holds a MA in photography, and has extensive curatorial experience from her tenure at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the early 1990s. She received her PhD in Architectural History and Theory at Princeton University in 1998, the same year in which she joined the faculty at UCLA to teach contemporary art history (post-1945). Her research and writings have engaged several disciplines including contemporary art, architecture, public art, and urban studies. She was a founding co-editor and publisher of Documents, a journal of art, culture, and criticism (1992-2004), and serves on the advisory board of October magazine. She is the author of One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (MIT Press, 2002), as well as lengthy essays on the work of many contemporary artists, including Francis Alÿs, Michael Asher, Cai Guo-Qiang, Jimmie Durham, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Barbara Kruger, Christian Marclay, Ana Mendieta, Josiah McElheny, Christian Philipp Müller, Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Pardo, Richard Serra, James Turrell, and Do Ho Suh, among others.  A major historical exhibition entitled  “Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974,” co-organized with Philipp Kaiser, is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (closes Sept. 3, 2012) and will travel to Haus der Kunst in Münich, Germany (opens October 10, 2012).  The exhibition catalogue of the same title is published by Prestel.  Her next project will be a book-length study of the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres.