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T. J. Demos

Professor, and Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History and Visual Culture
Director, Center for Creative Ecologies
Director of Graduate Studies
Contemporary art and visual culture; environmental arts and political ecology; social movement aesthetics and activism; documentary and new media.
Research Interests: 

T. J. Demos' research focuses on the intersections of contemporary art, radical politics, and ecology—particularly where art, activism, and visual culture oppose racial, colonial, and extractive capitalism, and where they work towards social, economic, and environmental justice. He is the author of numerous books, including: Beyond the World’s End: Arts of Living at the Crossing (Duke University Press, 2020), Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and Political Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016), and Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today, (Sternberg Press, 2017). In Spring 2020, he was a Getty Research Institute Fellow working on a new book project on radical futurisms, and directed the Mellon-funded Sawyer Seminar research project Beyond the End of the World during 2019-21. Prof. Demos has also curated a number of exhibitions and film screening series, including Beyond the World's End at Santa Cruz' Museum of Art and History (2020-21); Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas, at Nottingham Contemporary (2015); Specters: A Ciné-Politics of Haunting, at Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum (2014); and Beyond the World’s End at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz (2019). Check out his personal website for more info and links to many of his essays.

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Selected Publications: 

T. J. Demos, Beyond the World's End: Arts of Living at the Crossing (Durham: Duke University Press, 2020).

T. J. Demos, Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2017).

T. J. Demos, Decolonizing Nature: Contempoary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016).

T. J. Demos, The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis (Durham: Duke University Press, 2013).

Curated Exhibitions:

Beyond the World's End, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, March 2020 - June 2021.

Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas, Nottingham Contemporary (UK), co-curator, January-March, 2015.

Specters: A Ciné-Politics of Haunting, Screening series of experimental independent and artistic films, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, November-December, 2014.

Uneven Geographies: Art and Globalisation, Nottingham Contemporary (UK), co-curator, May-July, 2010.

Teaching Interests: 

Contemporary art and visual culture that addresses: radical politics and socio-environmentalism; political and media ecology; decolonial and anticapitalist theory and practice; race and representation; social and economic justice; trans-regionalism and globalization; emancipatory and eco-socialist horizons.

Honors and Awards: 

T. J. Demos has been the recipient of numerous distinguished fellowships and prestigious awards, including: the Mellon Sawyer Seminar fellowship (2019-21); the Getty Research Institute fellowship (2020); the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism (2014); a UC Santa Cruz Arts Research Institute grant (2016-17); multiple awards from the Centre for Study of Contemporary Art, which he helped co-found at University College London (2012-15); a Fondation Fernand Willame (Belgium) Research Fellowship (2010-11); a Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts (VLAC) Fellowship through the Royal Academies, Brussels (2009-10); a University College London Futures Grant (2009); a British Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Workshop Grant (2008-09); and a Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writing Grant (2007-08).

Education and Training: 
Ph.D., Columbia University