Siwin Lo


Siwin Lo is a New York-based, Vancouver-raised writer and PhD candidate in Art History at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. She has presented on various topics in modern and contemporary art in Canada and the United States, with particular emphasis on painting, media theory, feminism, and the environment. She holds a BA (2013) and MA (2015) from the University of British Columbia. Her MA thesis problematizes artistic labour in the abstract paintings of Agnes Martin.

In addition to research and writing, she teaches in the art history department at Brooklyn College. 




PhD Candidate, Level III | The City University of New York–Graduate Center

MA | 2015 | University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC | Thesis: "Work and the Work of Art: Agnes Martin 1959–1964" | link

BA | 2013 | University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC


Early Research Initiative Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies | Summer 2018

Doctoral Fellowship | Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada | 2015-2020

Summer Archival Research Grant | Lost and Found, Center for the Humanities, 2016

Ian Wallace Award in Art History | University of British Columbia | 2015

Hugo E. Meilikie Memorial Fellowship | University of British Columbia | 2015

Joseph-Armand Bombadier Scholarship—Master’s | Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada | 2013-2014

Helen Belkin Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts | University of British Columbia | 2013

Dean of Art’s Prize in Visual Literacy | University of British Columbia | 2013

Canadian Society for Asian Arts Prize | University of British Columbia | 2012


"Indicators: Artists on Climate Change at Storm King Art Center." Exhibition review in Canadian Art (Fall 2018). Print. 

"Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing." Exhibition review in The Brooklyn Rail (March 5, 2018). link.

"Alice Aycock: The Turbulence Series." Exhibition review in The Brooklyn Rail (November 22, 2017). link.

"Cleverbot Conversation RSQ00962246." For Machine Use Only: Contemplations on algorithmic epistemology. Edited by Mohammed Salemy. &&& and Gwangju Biennale: New York and Gwangju, 2016. Print.

“Superconversations Day 28: Siwin Lo responds to Hu Fang, ‘Why We Look at Plants, In a Corrupted World’,” e-flux conversations (June 2015). link.

Vikky Alexander: The Temptation of St. Anthony. Catalogue essay. The Apartment Gallery: Vancouver, 2015. Print. 


Editorial committee. "Issue 11: BLOOD AND EARTH AND SOIL," Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, 2018. Online. link. 

Assistant editor. Silvia Federici and Arlen Austin, Wages for Housework: The New York Committee, 1972–1977: History, Theory, Documents. New York: Autonomedia, 2017. Print. link.


“Becoming Digital, Becoming Textile: Medium and Mediation in the Lives of The TreeA Symposium on the History of Art. Presented by the Frick Collection and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, April 27–28, 2018. link.

Invited panelist. Here/Say: Framing, Part III [Criticisms]. Barnard College, New York. November 27, 2017. link.

“Spaces of Possibility: The Location and Production of Knowledge and Narrative in Painting." 33rd Annual Society for Interdisciplinary French 17th Century Conference, London, Canada/Société d’Études Pluridisciplinaires du XVIIe Siècle Français, London, Canada, October 2014. link.

“Re-take of Amrita: A Genealogical Look At Vivan Sundaram’s Photographic Intervention.” 70th Annual South Eastern College Art Conference, Sarasota, Florida, October 9, 2014. link.

“The Canned and the Wooden: Irony, the Readymade, and Native-Art-as-Usual.” Assimilation, Appropriation, and Autonomy: Cultural Influence, Borrowing, and Resistance in the Arts, University of California Riverside’s Third Annual Graduate Student Conference, Riverside, CA, May 2014. link.

“Botschaft e.V.: The Corporation as Medium and Message." Visual Impetus VII: Conceived, Created, and Consumed, University of Victoria Art History Graduate Student Conference, Victoria, Canada, January 2014. link.

“Laughter in an Unspeakable Silence: Irony, Vernacular Wood, and Native-Art-as-Usual.” 9th Annual University of British Columbia Undergraduate Art History Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, March 2013.


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