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Dan Adler is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts & Art History at York University in Toronto and is the IMMA/(ACW)NCAD fellow for 2019. Adler’s areas of research incorporate the history of art writing, modern and contemporary sculpture, German modernism, and the development and reception of the conceptual art movement.

Books by Adler include: Tainted Goods: Contemporary Sculpture and the Critique of Display Cultures (Routledge, 2018) and the monograph Hanne Darboven: Cultural History 1880-1983 (Afterall Books/MIT Press, 2009). He co-edited (with Mitchell Frank) German Art History and Scientific Thought: Beyond Formalism (Ashgate Press, 2012) and co-edited (with Janine Marchessault and Sanja Obradovic) Parallax: Stereoscopic 3D in Moving Images and Visual Art (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press, 2013).

A former senior editor of the Bibliography of the History of Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Adler regularly contributes reviews to Artforum. An alumnus of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, he co-curated (with Lesley Johnstone) a Liz Magor retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, which traveled in 2017 to the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; the Kunstverein in Hamburg; and the Musée d’Art Moderne et contemporain in Nice, France.

Adler’s other curatorial credits include the exhibitions Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty (2014) held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2014) and When Hangover Becomes Form: Rachel Harrison and Scott Lyall Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2016).

Residency Profile

IMMA / MA (ACW) NCAD / Fellowship

April 2019

While on residency at IMMA Adler will connect with selected Irish artists from IMMA’s collection to initiate dialogues and research as part of the expansion of IMMA’s archive project. Adler will deliver a public talk at IMMA on Wednesday 10 April and will undertake studio visits to fellow resident artists amongst other research agendas. Adler will also work closely with NCAD’s MA  Art in the Contemporary World and expanded programming with Goethe-Institut Irland.

Previous fellows of the IMMA and MA (Art in the Contemporary World) at the National College of Art & Design Collaboration supporting research, teaching and a residency include:

Nuit Banai (2014)
Morgan Quaintance (2015)
Martin Waldmeier (2016)
Amelia Groom (2017)