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Eve Meltzer

Eve Meltzer

Associate Professor
B.A. Visual Arts & Comparative Literature,, Brown University, 1993
M.A. Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 1998
Ph.D. Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

Eve Meltzer is Associate Professor of Visual Studies at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Art History. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of contemporary art history and criticism, the history and theory of photography, material culture and a range of philosophical and theoretical discourses including psychoanalysis, structuralism, phenomenology, and affect theory. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. Her first book, Systems We Have Loved: Conceptual Art, Affect, and the Antihumanist Turn  (University of Chicago Press, 2013) situates the conceptual art movement in relation to the field of structuralist thought and offers a new framing for two of the most transformative movements of the 20th century and their common dream of the world as a total sign system. Her second book, tentatively titled Group Photo: The Psycho-Photographic Process and the Making of Group Identity , will explore the proposition that group identity—at least since the invention of photography, if not before—has at its foundation something we might call a psycho-photographic consistency. Meltzer has published articles, exhibition essays, and reviews on the work of Vito Acconci, Jeanne Dunning, Roberto Jacoby, Robert Morris, Robert Smithson, Larry Sultan and Peter Wegner, among others. Her course offerings include “The Photographic Imaginary,” “The Thingliness of Things,” “Psychoanalysis and the Visual,” “What Was Conceptualism, and Why Won’t It Go Away?”, and “Feeling, in Theory.”


Contact Information

Eve Meltzer

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 424
(212) 998-7339
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Office Hours
Monday Sabbatical
Tuesday Sabbatical
Wednesday Sabbatical
Thursday Sabbatical
Friday Sabbatical


2014 Fall

Video: History, Theory, Practice
Wed 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Thingliness of Things
Tue,Thu 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Video: History, Theory, Practice
Wed 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

2012 Spring

What Was Conceptualism, and Why Won't It Go Away?
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Psychoanalysis and the Visual
Mon 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

contemporary art, theory, and criticism; history and theory of photography; psychoanalysis; structuralism; phenomenology; discourses on materiality and material culture

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Gallatin School of Individualized Study
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