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Dot Tuer
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Art of the Americas (specific expertise in new media, photography and performance), Latin American colonial history, Postcolonial and cultural theory


Dot Tuer is a writer and cultural historian whose research focuses on Canadian and Latin American art of the contemporary and modern periods with a speciality in new media, photography, and performance. She also has a scholarly interest in colonial Latin America and transcultural exchange. Her current writing and collaborative projects address the relationship of social memory and witnessing to political agency in the Americas. Tuer holds a Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Toronto and is Professor of Art History and Humanities at OCAD University, where she has served as the Acting Dean of Liberal Studies, Chair of CRCP, the undergraduate program in curatorial and critical studies, and Director of the Graduate Program in Curatorial and Critical Practices. She is currently Chair of the new BA Honours program in Visual and Critical Studies, which launched in the fall of 2014. Tuer is widely published in art magazines, peer-reviewed journals, and book anthologies. A collection of her essays on art, Mining the Media Archive, was published in 2005. She has received numerous awards for her writing on art and culture, including the Ontario Art Galleries Association Curatorial Writing Award, Toronto Arts Award, National Magazine Award, and Canada Council Senior Artist and Ontario Arts Council Literature grants. Tuer also works in the curatorial field. Most recently she was the Guest Curator of Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting (Art Gallery of Ontario, October 2012-January 2013), retrospective exhibition of the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Tuer has served as a board member for the Power Plant; the Toronto Arts Council; the Cinemateque Ontario; the Funnel Film Theatre; and Prefix Photo, Public, Fuse and C magazines. She also has served as a juror for all levels of government cultural funding, as well as for international festivals and museums including the Art Gallery of Ontario's Grange Photography Prize when the partnering country was Mexico. In 2013, Tuer received the OCADU Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity:


-Ph.D., University of Toronto -Master of Arts, University of Toronto -Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Queen's University

Professional Experience

-Guest Curator, Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, Art Gallery of Ontario, October 2012-January 2013. -Selector, Art Gallery of Ontario Grange Photography Prize, 2008-9. -Curator, 'spotlight Retrospective on Vera Frenkel,"Images Film Festival, 1997. -Residency Leader for End of the Nation-State Artists Residency. Banff Centre for the Arts, 1994. -Programmer, –Framing Bodies, Framing Technologies." Peterborough International Images Film Festival, 1992. -Programmer, –Canadian Film Retrospective,"Toronto Festival of Festivals, 1992. -Programmer, –High Tech/Low Tech: Bodies in Space," Pleasure Dome, 1992. -Curator, –Technology and Autobiography in Video,"Video In, 1992. -Curator, –Imaging Labour,"Ministry of Culture and Communication, 1991. -Curator, –Cache du Cinema," Funnel Film Theatre, 1985. -Curator, –The Coming of Age,"Canada House, London, England, 1985.

Awards \ Grants

-OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity 2013. -SSHRC Partnership Grant (Co-applicant) 2013. -SSHRC Insight Research-Creation Grant (Co-applicant) 2012. -OCAD Internal SSHRC Research Grant 2009, 2011. -SSHRC International Development Fund (Co-applicant) 2009. -Canada Council Creation/Production Senior Grant to Independent Curators and Critics 2007. -Ontario Art Galleries Association Curatorial Writing Award 2003, 1994. -Ontario Arts Council Literature Grant: Works in Progress 1999. -Canada Council Senior Artists A Grant 1999. -Canada Council B Grant: 1994, 1993, 1991, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985. -Ontario Art Galleries Association Curatorial Writing Award 2004, 1993. -Ontario Arts Council Grants to Art Writers: 1995, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1985. -Canada Council Explorations Grant 1989. -Toronto Arts Council Writers Award 1989.

Selected Publications

BOOKS -Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, eds. Dot Tuer and Elliot King. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012. -Mining the Media Archive: Essays on Art, Technology, and Cultural Resistance. Toronto: YYZ Books, 2005. SELECTED ESSAYS (2003-2013) -–A Greeting from the Anishanabe of Canada to the Tzotzil in Chiapas: Decolonizing the Gesture of Friendship between Indigenous Nations."E-hemispheric: Decolonization 11:1 (Winter 2014) -–Vernacular Photography and its Cultural Histories"(review article). RACAR, Volume 38:1 (2013). -–Beyond the New Media Frame: The Poetics of Absence in Vera Frenkel's String Games."In Vera Frenkel, ed. Sigrid Schade. Berlin: Verlag, 2013. -–Towards the Darkness (and the Light): Reflections on an ESMA Photograph."Prefix Photo 27 (2013). -–The Revolutionary Politics of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo."In Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2012. -–Counterpoints Towards a Politics of Provocation: Revolutionary Ideology and Conceptual Art in Tucum–n Arde and It's Still Privileged Art."Transmissions Annual Journal (2011). -–Looking for Castro."Prefix Photo 23 (2011). -–A Certain Regard: The Spectre of the Self (as other)."In Suzy Lake: Political Poetics. University Centre Art Gallery, University of Toronto, 2011. -"Colonial Legacy of Popular Belief in North-East Argentina." In Transcultural Americas / Am–riques transculturelles. Ed. Afef Benessaieh. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2010. -–From the Far Edge of Home."In Jamelie Hassan: At the Far Edge of Words. London & Vancouver: Museum London and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2009. -–Politics of Recognition"In Cond"and Beveridge: Class Works. Ed. Bruce Barber. Halifax: NASCAD Press, 2008. -–The Art of Storytelling in the Work of Rebecca Belmore."In Beyond Wilderness: The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity, and Contemporary Art. Editors: John O–Brien and Peter White. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's Press, 2007. -–Gestures in the Looking Glass: Performance Art & the Body."In Caught in the Act. eds. Tanya Mars & Johanna Householder. Toronto: YYZ Books, 2004. -–Cartographies de la m–moire: "la recherche de l–h–ritage de representation de la guerre sale argentine dans l–oeuvre de Guillermo Kuitca."In Parachute Eassias Choisis 1985-2000. Bruxelles: La Lettre Vole–, 2004. -–Old Bones and Beautiful Words: Spiritual Contestation Between Jesuit and Shaman in the Paraguay Missions."In Colonial Saints in the Americas 1500-1800. eds. Allan Greer & Jodi Bilinkoff. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

-Board Member, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (2012-ongoing) -Contributing Editor, Art Canada Institute (ACI) (2012-ongoing) -Member: Latin American Research Group (Coordinator for 2012-13; member since 2009) -Editorial Board: Almanaque de Estudos Latino Americanos, Rio de Janiero (2010-ongoing) -Member: Toronto Photography Seminar Research Group, (2006-ongoing) -Editorial Board: Public (2002-ongoing) -Advisory Board: Prefix Photography Magazine (2000-ongoing) -Contributing Editor: Fuse Magazine, (2004-9) -Visual Arts Committee: Toronto Arts Council (2000-3) -Advisory Board, Cinemateque Ontario (1991-1997) -Chair, Board of Directors: Fuse Magazine (1994-1996). -Board of Directors, The Power Plant, Harbourfront (1991-95) -Advisory Board, C Magazine (1991-1993) -Advisory Board to the Minister of Culture, Ontario (1991) -Board of Directors. Funnel Film Theatre (1984-86) Chair (1985-86)