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Jennifer A Gonzalez
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Arts Division
  • Department
    • History of Art/Visual Culture
  • Affiliations History of Consciousness Department, Digital Arts and New Media, Feminist Studies Department, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Research Center for the Americas
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  • Office Location
    • D208 Porter College
  • Office Hours See faculty webpage
  • Mail Stop Porter Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • Porter Faculty Services/1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Activism, Art Theory, Contemporary Art, Feminist Theory, Aesthetics, American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Critical Theory, Digital Arts

Research Interests

Jennifer Gonzalez writes about contemporary art with an emphasis on installation art, digital art and activist art. She is interested in understanding the strategic use of space (exhibition space, public space, virtual space) by contemporary artists and by cultural institutions such as museums. More specifically, she has focused on the representation of the human body and its relation to discourses of race and gender.

Biography, Education and Training

BA, Philosophy, Yale University, New Haven
PhD, History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

Honors, Awards and Grants

Joanne Cassullo Teaching Fellow, Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002, 2004, 2007)
Andrew Wyeth Publication Grant, College Art Association
President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of California
American Council of Learned Societies Junior Fellowship

Selected Publications

  • Pepon Osorio (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013) Second place winner of "Best Arts Book" at the Latino Book Awards 2014
  • Subject to Display: Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008). Finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, College Art Association
  • Articles and Book Chapters
  • "The Face and the Public: Race, Secrecy and Digital Art Practice," in Camera Obscura 70, Vol. 24, No. 1 (2009): 37-65.
  • “Christian Marclay: Overtures,” in Christian Marclay (London: Phaidon Press, 2005)
  • “Electronic Habitus: Agit-prop in an imaginary world,” in Visual Worlds, John R. Hall, Blake Stimson and Lisa Tamiris Becker, eds., (New York: Routledge, 2003)
  • “Morphologies: Race as Visual Technology” in Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (New York: International Center of Photography, 2003)
  • “Paul Pfeiffer” in Bomb, Spring 2002, Issue 83: 22-29
  • “Landing in California” in Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001), 219-240
  • “Against the Grain: The Artist as Conceptual Materialist” in Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations 1979-2000 (Baltimore: Center for Art and Visual Culture,University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2000)
  • "The Appended Subject: Race and Identity as Digital Assemblage,” in Race in Cyberspace, Beth Kolko, Lisa Nakamura, Gil Rodman, eds., (New York: Routledge, 2000)

Selected Presentations

  • # 2013
  • # Invited speaker, Travelling Concepts and Cultural Encounters, two-day colloquium of the Graduate School, University of Rostock, hosted by Professor Andrea Zittlau, Rostock, Germany (May 31-June1)
  • # Invited speaker, roundtable, Visions of the Now: Stockholm Festival for Art and Technology (http://www.art-agenda.com/shows/visions-of-the-now-the-stockholm-festival-for-art-and-technology/) Stockholm, Sweden (May 25)
  • # Invited speaker, “Contre-réprésentations : l’art des années 1980-1990 et la critique de «la discours de la race» dans la semiotic du musée,” University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) hosted by Professor Arnaud Maillet, Paris, France (May 21)
  • # Invited speaker, “Envisioning Cyborg Bodies: Questions of Adaptation,” École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, hosted by Professor Eric Michaud, Paris, France (April 16)
  • # 2012
  • # Invited speaker, “Time Migrants: Contemporary Art and the Future of the Humanities,” Brown University Humanities Initiative, Providence (November 12)
  • # Symposium organizer and participant Digital Art and Democracy: Questions of Race and Representation, University of California Santa Cruz (June 1)
  • # Invited Speaker, “Latino Voices” Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. (October)
  • # Invited panelist, "Does Democracy have a Visual Culture" for the panel “Absolute Democracy” at the Truth is Concrete international symposium, Graz, Austria (September 26)
  • # Invited virtual speaker, "Now! Visual Culture," International Association for Visual Culture inaugural conference, New York University (May 31)
  • # Invited speaker, The Artist As Ethnographer conference, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris (May 26, 27)
  • # Invited respondent, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Critical Studies Scholars Symposium (May 23)
  • # Invited speaker, Swinging and Flowing: Inclusion and Diversity in the Age of Big Data, UC Berkeley (April 26)
  • # Invited participant, scholar’s roundtable in preparation for New Order: Art and Politics in the Nineties, Montclair Museum of Art (February 3)
  • # 2011
  • # Invited speaker, “Time Migrants,” Graduate Symposium, Cornell University (February 7)

Teaching Interests

Contemporary art in the U.S. and Europe, history of the museum, activist art since 1960, history of photography, theories of representation, feminist and critical race theory.