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Eve Meltzer

Associate Professor
(212) 998-7339
1 Wash Pl, Room 424

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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 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

Eve Meltzer

Recent News


Eve Meltzer published review of the film, Eva Hesse, titled “To Conjure Hesse” in Art Journal (Fall, 2016).


Meltzer will be speaking in April of 2017 at Yale University, for the History of Art Department, about her 2013 book, Systems We Have Loved: Conceptual Art, Affect, and the Antihumanist Turn.

Meltzer will deliver a paper drawn from a new book project, Group Photo: Psychoanalysis, Photography, and Belonging, for the Art in the Age of Things Lecture Series, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in April 2017.

Meltzer will deliver a paper on the work of Mary Kelly in honor of the artist who will be receiving an honorary doctorate at Lund University in June 2017.

Meltzer was 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.