Karen Fiss

Karen Fiss is a writer, historian, and curator whose current research examines the pivotal role of contemporary art and its exhibition economies to the global practices of nation branding. In particular, she focuses on how citizenship and historical memory are visually produced in the wake of political upheaval and trauma. Among her curatorial projects are: Necessary Force: Art in a Police State, co-curated with Kym Pinder for the Art Museum of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 2015; and El cine de 1930. Flores azules en un paisaje catastrófico, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2013. Her books include Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France, University of Chicago Press, 2010; and was a co-author of World's Fairs on the Eve of War: Science, Technology and Modernity 1937-1942, University of Pittsburg Press, 2015. Fiss received her BA from Brown University and her PhD from Yale University, and is currently Professor of Visual Studies and Graduate Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.