Eve Meltzer is associate professor of Visual Studies at Gallatin and is an affiliated faculty member in NYU’s 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 MA and PhD 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.”
Teaching and Research Interests
contemporary art, theory, and criticism; history and theory of photography; psychoanalysis; structuralism; phenomenology; discourses on materiality and material culture
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
Professor Eve Meltzer is the invited speaker for Questioning Aesthetics Symposium: Migratory Peoples, Migratory Images, to be held at NYU Berlin, June 17-18, 2016. She is an invited speaker for the Visiting Artists Series of the NYU MFA Program, to be held in March 2016 and is an invited speaker for “Systems We Have Loved," Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Art History and Critical Studies, to be held in March 2016, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Meltzer was an invited speaker to the Museum of Modern Art's Forum on Contemporary Photography for a discussion of Kaja Silverman’s Miracle of Analogy: or The History of Photography, Part I (Stanford Press, 2015), held at MoMA, in New York, New York, in March 2015. She was also an invited speaker for (Temporary) Collections of Ideas around Choreography, a public program at New York's The New Museum in February 2015.
Professor Meltzer was contributor to Art by Telephone . . . Recalled, which was edited by Sébastien Pluot and Fabien Vallos, éditions Mix, La Panacée, 2015. Professor Meltzer was a contributor to Retracing the Expanded Field: Encounters Between Art and Architecture, eds. Julian Rose and Spyros Papapetros, MIT Press, 2014. She was an invited speaker in response to the book launch at The Kitchen in New York City, December 2014. She was an invited speaker for “Frater Meus, Patria Mea: Passionate Attachment and the Familial Pornographic,” Yale University History of Art Modernist Forum, November 2014. She was an invited speaker for "Systems We Have Loved," for The Sexuality of Words conference, University at Buffalo, November 2014. She was an invited panelist for “Conceptualism, Conceptual Art, and Aesthetics,” Questioning Aesthetics Symposium, New York City, September 2014.
Professor Meltzer presented “The Temporality of Understanding: Mary Kelly’s Projects,” to “These Things Called Exhibitions,” at The New Museum in New York April 2014. Her gallery talk “Eve Meltzer on Fred Sandback,” was held at Dia: Beacon in March 2014. She was an invited speaker at The Drawing Center, New York, in conjunction with the exhibition “Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity,” held in January 2014.