Eva Díaz received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, and is currently Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at Pratt. Her teaching and scholarship are informed by historical and contemporary interdisciplinary collaborations between artists and other cultural producers. Her book, The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College, was released in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press.
Díaz recently completed the manuscript of her new book After Spaceship Earth, analyzing the influence of R. Buckminster Fuller in contemporary art, a project supported by a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Grant, a grant from the Graham Foundation, and a Pratt Faculty Development Grant. The most recently completed sections of the book, versions of which have been published in Texte zur Kunst, New Left Review, and e-flux journal, focus on contemporary artists’ projects challenging a privatized and highly-surveilled future in outer space, and how the space race and colonization can be reformulated as powerful means to readdress economic, gender, and racial inequality, as well as ecological injustice. Her writing has appeared in magazines and journals such as The Art Bulletin, Artforum, Art Journal, Art in America, Cabinet, Frieze, Grey Room, Harvard Design Magazine, and October. Prior to coming to Pratt she taught at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Sarah Lawrence College, and Parsons; she also worked as the curator at Art in General. Since joining the Pratt faculty she has taught courses such as Art Since the Sixties; The Current Season; Critical Models in Art and Theory; Posthumanism; Methodology and Theory; Institutional Critique; Exhibiting Race, 1945-Present; and Black Mountain College and Beyond.
Ph.D., M.A., Princeton University
B.A., University of California, Berkeley