Miwon Kwon

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Miwon Kwon
Occupation Author, Curator, and Architectural Historian

B.A. in Architecture and M.A. in Photography, UC Berkeley

Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory, Princeton University
Subject Art history and architectural history
Notable works Documents (founding editor), One Place after Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity

Miwon Kwon (born November 18, 1961)[1] is a Korean-American curator and art history educator. Her work focuses on contemporary art, land art and site-specific art. She has curated several exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and most recently she co-curated the exhibition Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles with Philipp Kaiser.[2] She began her position in the Art History Department at UCLA in 1998, where she currently maintains her tenure as the department chair.

Early life and education[edit]

Kwon was born in South Korea in 1961, and at age ten migrated to the United States, where her father was employed as a foreign correspondent for a Korean newspaper.[2] She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Architecture and a M.A. in Photography, and then went on to Princeton University to complete a Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory in 1998.[3]

Published works[edit]

She was a founding editor and publisher of the art criticism publication Documents and has contributed essays to a number of arts publications, exhibition catalogs and art monographs. She is the author of One Place After Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity, published by MIT Press in 2002. Her work has received critical review Stephen Morton, who praised the book for being "an exciting survey of the genealogies and practices that variously constitute site-specificity" but criticizing it for not addressing "its own site-specificity in the US metropolitan art world".[4] Kwon also contributed an essay entitled "Sitings of Public Art: Integration versus Intervention" to the 2002 anthology Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985.[5][6] She is currently working on her next book, a comprehensive study on the Cuban conceptual artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres.[7] In 2012, Kwon organized the exhibition Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974[8] at MOCA with Philipp Kaiser, and edited an extensive catalogue of the same name, published by Prestel.


  1. ^ "Name Authorities". Library of Congress. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Heffler, Robin. "Challenging conventional concepts of art". UCLA Today. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Miwon Kwon". Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities, Cultures in Transnational Perspective. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Morton, Stephen (Winter 2002). "Miwon Kwon: One place after another". Circa art magazine (c102). 
  5. ^ Alternative Art, New York, 1965-1985: A Cultural Politics Book for the Social Text Collective. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 9780816637942. 
  6. ^ "The Americas: The Caribbean". BOMB (82): 97. Winter 2002–2003. JSTOR 40426870. 
  7. ^ "Miwon Kwon". UCLA Department of Art History. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Kaiser, Kwon, Philipp, Miwon (2012). Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974. Prestel. ISBN 978-3-7913-5194-0.