Assistant Professor – Art History, Visual Studies
Gloria Sutton is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History at Northeastern University and is a research affiliate in the Art Culture Technology Program at MIT. Her scholarship is invested in the ways that durational media have altered the reception of visual art in the post 1968 period. Her first book The Experience Machine: Stan VanDerBeek’s Movie-Drome and Expanded Cinema was published by MIT Press in 2015.
Her scholarship on time-based media practices and a critical history of technological experiments within visual art also appears in Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Digital Computing and the Experimental Arts (University of California Press, 2012) and Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary after Film (MIT Press, 2003).
Her current book, Grain vs. Pixel: The Conditions of Time in Contemporary Art recasts the analogue vs. digital debate as a set of durational behaviors that resist the circumscription of media by conveying not what media are (forms and formats) and instead asks what these media do by analyzing their behaviors (ambiguity, variability and didacticism). Employing a feminist approach, this study recuperates qualities derided within modernism into generative methodologies for the structuring of contemporary art after 1970.
Gloria received her doctorate from UCLA and has been a fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the Getty Research Institute. She is the inaugural web editor for Art Journal.
In addition to contributing to Afterimage, Art Bulletin, Art in America, and Rhizome.org, Gloria has published numerous exhibition catalogue essays on contemporary artists including Rosa Barba (MIT List Center), Kirsten Everberg (Pomona College Museum of Art), Renée Green (Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne), Karl Haendel (Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles), Carsten Höller (New Museum), Laura Owens (Kunsthalle Zurich), Kerry Tribe (American Academy Berlin), as well as Ice Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon) and Vitamin Ph, New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon).
Gloria has also curated exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles and Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria and has lectured widely including the ICA Boston, New Museum in New York, San Francisco Art Institute, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Carpenter Center for Visual Art at Harvard University, 356 S. Mission in Los Angeles, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, University of Chicago, and Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA) in Paris.