J. Myers-Szupinska is an art historian and editor whose essays have appeared in Afterall, Art Journal, Artforum, Documents, Fillip, Frieze, October, Tate Papers, exhibition catalogues, academic publications, and other venues. A scholar of contemporary art and exhibitions, Myers-Szupinska is founding faculty in the Department of Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, the first program of its kind in the United States, and was senior editor of The Exhibitionist, a journal of exhibition making, from 2014 to 2017.
Recent publications include Hopelessness Freezes Time, a study of earthworks, drawing, Detroit, urban warfare, and guerrilla historiography, co-authored with artist Edgar Arceneaux (Kunstmuseum Basel, 2012); “Earth Beneath Detroit,” an essay for the exhibition catalogue Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2012); “Attitudes and Affects,” on the 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form (CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 2013); and “After the Production of Space” (Critical Landscapes, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2015).
Titled Citizens of Nowhere, Myers-Szupinska’s current book project focuses on international exhibitions and the globalization of contemporary art discourse in the 1990s, in light of the political and economic transformations of that period. In particular, the project takes into account immigration, integrationspolitik, and the new curatorial possibilities of online sociability.
Myers-Szupinska earned a PhD in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA at Cornell University. In 2009, he received an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation.