Area(s) of ExpertiseContemporary Art, Performance studies, Documentation and historiography
Jessica Wyman is an art historian with particular interest in contemporary performance theory and historiography, adaptation studies, and conceptual art practices. She has worked as an art critic for more than 15 years, publishing in international art magazines and journals, and has an occasional curatorial practice.
Wyman teaches in the faculties of Liberal Studies and Art (Criticism and Curatorial Practice), and supervises graduate students in the CCP and IAMD programs.
She has served on various boards of directors (currently, the Toronto Arts Council) and juries, and has made dozens of public presentations in academic and non-academic contexts. Wyman has been visiting lecturer at York University, University of Guelph, and University of Alberta, and has recently presented conference papers in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Amsterdam.
Her edited three-volume book Pro Forma: language/text/visual art was published in 2007 by YYZBooks. Other recent publications include "Object Lessons and Performative Relations: Residue, Reliability and Self-Sufficiency" in Performance Research (vol.12 no.4, 2007), "Re-Performing Contemporary Art: On Interpretation, Adaptation, Fondness and Fidelity" in Adaptation Theories ed. Jillian Saint Jacques (Jan Van Eyck Academie, 2009), and "Between the Institutions and the Professions: Teaching, Tuition and Public Relations" in FUSE Magazine (vol.32 no.4, 2009).