Critical Conversations: Tina Rivers Ryan at PNCA

March 12, 2024

Date: Saturday, March 30th @ 5pm

Location: PNCA Mediatheque 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209

Free and open to the public


On Saturday, March 30th, curator, art historian, and critic Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan will present her lecture titled Media Art’s Future, Present, and Past: Notes from the Field in the PNCA mediatheque! Dr. Ryan is one of the leading experts on art and technology, ranging from VR to NFTs and AI. In this entertaining talk, she will provide an overview of the current debates in the field, as well as a preview of where she thinks art and technology are headed in the years to come.

Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan is Curator at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum and an internationally recognized expert on the history of media art, including video and digital art. Her exhibitions at the AKG include 2021’s “Difference Machines: Technology and Identity in Contemporary Art” (co-curated with Paul Vanouse and winner of the 2022 Award of Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators) and 2022’s “Peer to Peer” (the first U.S. museum survey of artists working with blockchain technologies). Her next exhibition, “Electric Op,” will examine the six-decade history of the relationship between geometric abstraction and electronic technologies. In addition to her curatorial work, she has been a regular contributor to Artforum for over a decade and has written commissioned essays for many of the world’s leading museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan, the Museum Tinguely in Basel, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Dr. Ryan holds five degrees in art history, including a BA from Harvard and PhD from Columbia, and in 2022 received an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and was named to Artnet's Innovators List.

For more information on Dr. Ryan's work, you can visit her page here.

About Critical Conversations

Critical Conversations provides a space for artists and cultural producers that is rooted in exchange and inquiry. Organizing partners facilitate a year-round calendar of studio visits for Oregon artists by prominent visiting curators and arts writers, who also offer public lectures and other forms of engagement to our community. Recognizing the nexus between artists and those who reflect upon and present their work, Critical Conversations also sponsors a series of convenings, commissioned writing, and an annual publication that specifically engages Oregon’s curators and arts writers around currents in society and the field. 

Critical Conversations is a collaboration between The Ford Family Foundation and the University of Oregon's Center for Art Research in partnership with the Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University, and the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College.