Mia Kang

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Modern and Contemporary Art

Mia Kang studies the contested rise of U.S. multiculturalism and its failures. Recent essays appear in The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop (Skira 2019) and Published by Lugemik: Printed Matter from 2010-2019 (Lugemik 2019). Her research examines the institutionalization of social movements within the museum and the academy, seeking to uncover and honor the unrealized visions of artists, curators, and writers necessarily obscured by that process. By interrogating moments of impasse and ambivalence in histories of social transformation, her work pursues, rather hopelessly, an alternative to the ultimately paralyzing politics of recognition. Mia’s general interests include critical race studies, queer studies, affect studies, and historiography. She holds a B.A. in art history from Hunter College, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.

Mia is also a community arts administrator and poet. A finalist for the 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, she was named the 2017 winner of Boston Review’s Annual Poetry Contest by Mónica de la Torre. Her writing has appeared in journals including POETRY, Washington Square Review, Narrative Magazine, and PEN America. She is a Brooklyn Poets Fellow and runner-up for the 2019 and 2017 Discovery Poetry Contests, and she has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her pamphlet City Poems is forthcoming from ignitionpress in 2020.

She can be found at www.miaadrikang.com.