Dr. Dore Bowen

Associate Professor



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Doctor of Philosophy in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, NY
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Art, San Francisco State University, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies, The Evergreen State College, WA

Dore Bowen is an inter-disciplinary scholar whose work explores photography as a theatrical medium with a rich and often surprising cultural history. In this light she has written on Fluxus, video re-enactments in contemporary art, and installation art. Her publications include “This Bridge Called Imagination: On Reading the Arab Image Foundation” in Invisible Culture, “Imagine There's No Image (It's Easy If You Try): Appropriation in the Age of Digital Reproduction” in The Companion to Art History Since 1945 (Blackwell Press), “Sacred Cow, Sacred Text: Allegories of the Spectacle in BLW’s Re-speaking Project” in Adaptation Theories (Jan Van Eyck Press), and “Fluxus” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. She is currently completing a book that explores three stages in the life of the diorama: the 1822 Paris diorama, the early 20th century natural history museum diorama, and the diorama in contemporary art.

Bowen has curated a number of exhibitions including Agitate:  Negotiating the Photographic Process at SF Camerawork; in cooperation with the Arab Image Foundation, Soit dit en passant at La Compagnie in Marseille and Not Given: Talking of and Around Photographsof Arab Women at SF Camerawork; Early Man on a Modern Road at the Musée de Préhistoire des Gorges du Verdon in France. She has received fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, the Getty Research Library, the School of Criticism and Theory, The Clark Art Institute and the Centre Allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris. 

Dr. Dore Bowen holds a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from San Francisco State University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. She is currently Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at SJSU. Previous to her appointment at SJSU Bowen taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, the California College of the Arts, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has taught undergraduate courses on the history and theory of new media, the art of the 1960s and 70s, “The Thing” (issues of materiality in contemporary art), and the history of art history. She has taught graduate seminars on the archive in contemporary art, craft in contemporary art, the history and theory of photography, contemporary art theory and criticism, and art history methodologies.