Swagato Chakravorty

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Joint Studies: History of Art and Film & Media Studies

Swagato Chakravorty is an Indian-American critic, scholar, and curator whose interests range across modern and contemporary art and visual culture. He is a PhD candidate (ABD) in History of Art, combined with Film and Media Studies, at Yale, where he also serves as Public Humanities Fellow in the Graduate School. His dissertation is a cross-cultural study of displacement and form in art (particularly but not only time-based media) since 1989, focusing on work by South Asian, Latin American, and African diasporic artists in dialogue with American and European modernisms. Related interests include: immersive media and spectatorship, media, architecture, and the built environment; performance art and the image, non-Western histories of expanded cinema and intermedia, Third Cinema and its international afterlives, British cultural studies, postcolonialism and its legacies; diaspora, migration and mobility; the artist collective, and critical curation. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the US Department of Education. He has held curatorial positions and fellowships at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, and the Jewish Museum, New York, where has worked on exhibitions including Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done; Bruce Conner: It’s All True; Nari Ward: We the People; and Jonas Mekas: The Camera was Always Running (forthcoming).


“Out of the Waiting Room of History: Ritwik Ghatak’s Cinema of Partition,” LA Review of Books, February 2020

“Remediating the Body: Performance, Photography, and the Dance Archives at the Museum of Modern Art,” Modern in the Making: MoMA and the Modern Experiment, 1929–1949, eds. Austin Porter and Sandra Zalman (New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2020)

“Anthony McCall’s Solid Light Works and the Afterlives of Spectatorship,” Simultaneous Soloists, eds. David Grubbs and Anthony McCall (New York: Pioneer Works, 2019)

Reviews in The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, and Performa Magazine

An article on strategies of displacement in Alfredo Jaar’s work since the 1990s is forthcoming in Art Journal