Tina Rivers Ryan


About Tina Rivers Ryan

Tina Rivers Ryan is an art historian specializing in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on new media. She received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD in art history from Columbia University. Her writing has been included in publications such as Art Journal, Artforum, and Art in America, as well as in several museum catalogs and scholarly books. She currently works in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995, fifty-one channel video installation (including one closed-circuit television feed), custom electronics, neon lighting, steel and wood; color, sound, approx. 15 x 40 x 4' (Smithsonian American Art Museum) (© Nam June Paik Estate)
The “father of video art” argued that electronic communication, not transportation, unites the modern world.

Television nation






Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych
Warhol used a quasi-mechanical process of silkscreen to reproduce Marilyn Monroe’s familiar face again and again.

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych