History of Photography and Contemporary Art
Professor Siona Wilson teaches at the College of Staten Island as well as the Graduate Center. Her research interests are grounded in issues of sexual difference, race and sexuality at the intersection of art and politics in the twentieth century. Author of Art Labor, Sex Politics: Feminist Effects in 1970s British Art and Performance (Minnesota, 2014), she has published on photography, experimental film, video, sound and performance art, in edited collections and journals, including Art History, October, Oxford Art Journal and Third Text. Her recent curatorial projects include I can’t breathe, at the Gallery of the College of Staten Island, featuring works in video and photography by Nona Faustine, Patricia Silva, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa and Kara Walker with a timeline of images documenting the activist group, Staten Islanders Against Racism and Police Brutality (SIARPB). She also co-curated Sexing Sound: Aural Archives and Feminist Scores (with Valerie Tevere and Catherine Karl) at the James Gallery, New York. Professor Wilson’s new research relates to documentary, gender and state violence in a diverse range of geographic sites, including Algeria, Britain, “Kurdistan,” Iraq and Vietnam, focusing on episodes from the 1930s to the present. She is interested in supervising doctoral dissertations with a historical emphasis (pre-1990) in a broad range of artistic media.
Art Labor, Sex Politics: Feminist Effects in 1970s British Art and Performance. Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, 2014.
Review of Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art, edited by Cornelia Butler and Alexandra Schwartz (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2010). caa.reviews, October 13, 2011.
"Enduring Death: Hauntings of Literature and Art." Review of Death-Drive: Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art, by Robert Rowland Smith (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010). parallax 17, no. 4 (2011): 124-129.
“Reading Freire in London: Jo Spence’s Photographs Between Popular and Avant-Garde.” In The Popular Avant-Garde, edited by Renée Silverman, 183-199. Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi BV, 2010.
“’Girls say yes to boys who say no’: Four Artists Refigure the Sex War on Terror.” Oxford Art Journal 32, no. 1 (2009): 121-142.
“Destinations for Feminist Art: Past, Present and Future.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 36:1/2 (2008): 302-307.
“From Women's Work to the Umbilical Lens: Mary Kelly’s Early Films.” Art History 31, no. 1 (2008): 79-102.
“White Metonymy: a Discussion of Jo Spence and Terry Dennett’s Colonization.” In Jo Spence: Beyond the Perfect Image. Photography, Subjectivity, Antagonism, 242-61. Barcelona: Museu d’Art Contemporani Barcelona, 2005.