Contested Visibilities and the Anthropogenic Image
Henry Luce Fellowship, 2017–18
Caroline A. Jones is a Professor in the History, Theory, Criticism program of the Department of Architecture at MIT. She studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception, and on its interface with science and technology. Recent curated interventions include (at MIT’s List Visual Art Center) Sensorium (2006), Video Trajectories (2007), and Hans Haacke 1967 (2011).
Her publications include The Global Work of Art: World’s Fairs, Biennials, and the Aesthetics of Experience (Chicago 2016); Sensorium: embodied experience, technology, and contemporary art (as editor, MIT 2006), Eyesight Alone: Clement Greenberg’s Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses (Chicago 2005/08), Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist (Chicago 1996/98), and the co-edited volumes Picturing Science, Producing Art (1998), Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense (MIT 2016) among others. A frequent contributor to Artforum, Jones’s recent essays have addressed what she calls “left cybernetics” (2018), Walter Benjamin’s optical unconscious (2017), Anicka Yi’s bio-art (2016), and the shop practices of Andy Warhol/Ai Wei Wei (2016).
During her fellowship at the National Humanities Center for 2017-18, she is engaged in a collaboration with historian of science Peter Galison, researching patterns of occlusion and political contestations in what she calls “the anthropogenic image” of environmental disaster.
- Invited public lecture: “Symbiontics, or, Contemporary Artists and the Bios,” UNC-Chapel Hill, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 5 pm
- Jones, Caroline A. The Global Work of Art: World’s Fairs, Biennials, and the Aesthetics of Experience. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.
- Jones, Caroline A., David Mather, and Rebecca Uchill, eds. Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2016.
- Jones, Caroline A. Sensorium: Embodied Experience, Technology, And Contemporary Art. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006.
- Jones, Caroline A. Eyesight Alone: Clement Greenberg’s Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2006.
- Jones, Caroline A. Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. Winner of the Charles Eldredge Prize from the Smithsonian Institution, 1996/98.