Kristen Carter

Thesis Title

Enraged and Confused: Art After Student Revolt, circa 1970


Dr. Serge Guilbaut (primary), Dr. Jaleh Mansoor, Dr. John O’Brian

Research Areas

Modern and Contemporary Art in North America, Europe, and Latin America

Kristen Carter is an art historian, curator, and PhD Candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include modes of viewership, participation, and subject formation with an emphasis on post-1968 artistic praxis and pedagogy. Currently she is finishing her dissertation, “Enraged and Confused: Art After Student Revolt, c. 1970,” which examines interactive art practices at the intersection of socio-political, artistic, and pedagogical rupture in the immediate post-68 period. Carter curated See Artist for Title (AMS Gallery, Vancouver, BC 2013), and co-curated Girl, Please! (Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. 2010). Her research has been supported by the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, CA), and in 2014 she was awarded a Killam Teaching Prize for excellence in teaching at the University of British Columbia. Carter has presented her work at institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Universities Art Association of Canada, Southeastern College Art Conference, Midwest Art History Society, and the College Art Association.


2016 | Christopher Foundation Graduate Research Grant, University of British Columbia

2014 | Library Research Grant, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California

2014 | Killam Graduate Teaching Award, University of British Columbia

2010 – 2017 | Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, University of British Columbia

2016 |  “Lygia Clark and the Logics of Participation after ‘Failed’ Revolt,” Excursions. Vol. 7, No. 1 (fall 2017).

2013 |  “Neither Here nor There,” essay written for the exhibition catalogue accompanying As Seen Here (Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2013).

2010 |  “Making Sense of our Paranoia with Deb Sokolow,” Jettison Quarterly: Vol. 2, No. 2 (summer 2010): 76-87.

2010 |  “Bleached,” Jettison Quarterly. Vol. 2, No. 1 (spring 2010): 15-18.