Irene Small

Associate Professor, Contemporary Art and Criticism
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Ph.D. Yale University, 2008




Irene V. Small is Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University and teaches contemporary art and criticism within a global context. Her areas of interest include experimental practices of the 1960s and ’70s, legacies of abstraction, temporalities of art, problems of methodology and interpretation, relationality and the social implications of form. Small’s work engages a variety of geopolitical formations and transnational, translocal contexts, and has paid particular attention to art and theory in Latin America, notably Brazil. Her book, Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame (University of Chicago Press, 2016) examines the practice of the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica and the emergence of a participatory art paradigm in the mid-1960s. Her essays and criticism have appeared in such publications as October, Third Text, ARTMargins, Artforum, RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, The Brooklyn Rail, and the Getty Research Journal. At Princeton, she is also a member of the executive committees of the Program in Media and Modernity, the Gauss Seminars in Criticism, and the Program in Latin American Studies.