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Susan Cahan, Lecturer

Susan Cahan, Art Historian

Ms. Cahan received a B.A. in Art History and English from Tufts University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2003. Since 2009 she has been the Associate Dean for the Arts in Yale College. Prior to Yale she taught at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she was also Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. She has had over twenty years of experience as a curator and museum professional. From 1996 to 2001 Cahan was the senior curator for the private collection of Eileen and Peter Norton and director of arts programs for the Peter Norton Family Foundation. From 1987 to 1996 she served as Curator of Education and Deputy Director at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. From 1982 to 1987 she served at The Museum of Modern Art as New York City high school programs coordinator. Her publications include “Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power” (Duke University Press, 2016); “The Wonder Years” in the exhibition catalogue Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History (2009); “Performing Identity and Persuading a Public: The Harlem On My Mind Controversy” in the journal Social Identities (2007); I Remember Heaven: Jim Hodges and Andy Warhol (Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2007); "Regarding Andrea Fraser’s Untitled” in Social Semiotics (2006); and Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education (Routledge, 1996). Ms. Cahan was appointed lecturer at the School of Art in 2013.

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