Miwon Kwon is Research Professor and The Walter Hopps Chair Emerita in Modern and Contemporary Art. Her academic career started and concluded at UCLA, where she established the department’s first curriculum in contemporary art history as an Assistant Professor in the late 1990s and served as the Department Chair for nine years prior to retirement. She is the author of the influential book One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (MITPress, 2002) as well as numerous essays on the work of an extensive list of contemporary artists. In 2012, she co-organized the major historical exhibition Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, which was on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and traveled to Haus der Kunst in Münich. The exhibition catalogue of the same title (published by Prestel) received the prestigious 2013Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award from the College Art Association. Her research, scholarship, and interventions in contemporary art continues beyond UCLA.
Ph.D. Princeton University, 1998
- Gagawaka: Making Strange + Postmortem by Vivan Sundaram
- Fowler Museum at UCLA, 2015
- Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
- Los Angeles and New York: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in association with Prestel, 2012