Narrating Cold Wars: Plural Histories, New Imaginaries

This roundtable discussion is part of our three-day conference, Narrating Cold Wars. For the full schedule and registration details, please click below.


Ute Meta Bauer is Founding Director of the NTU CCA Singapore, and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, Singapore, where she co-chairs the MA in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice. In 2015 she co-curated with Paul C. Ha the US Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale featuring eminent artist Joan Jonas and was appointed co-curator of the 17. Istanbul Biennale and curator of the National Pavilion of Singapore, 59th Venice Art Biennale, featuring Shubigi Rao (both 2022). Bauer‘s recent research focuses on Spaces of the Curatorial in Southeast Asia as well as on the interrelation of climate change and cultural loss.

Caroline A. Jones is Professor of art history at MIT, where she also serves as Associate Dean in the School of Architecture and Planning. She studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception, and on its interfaces with science. Her solo-authored publications include Machine in the Studio (1996/98), Eyesight Alone (2005/08), and The Global Work of Art (2016); and, as editor, Picturing Science, Producing Art (co-edited, 1998), Sensorium (2006), and Experience (2016). Exhibitions she curated at MIT include Sensorium (2006), Hans Haacke 1967 (2011), and the forthcoming Symbionts (2022). [Photograph by Joel Elliot, National Humanities Center]


Noit Banai (PhD, Columbia University) is an art historian and critic who specializes in modern and contemporary art in a global context, with a particular focus on conditions of exile, diaspora, and statelessness. She is the author of Yves Klein (Reaktion Books, 2014), Being a Border (Paper Visual Arts, 2021) and a frequent contributor to Artforum International Magazine. Recent articles include “Hallucinatory Cinema, Multidirectional Memory, and the Dialogical Politics of Framing,” in Elaborate Gestures of Pastness: Three Films by Dani Gal (2021) and “A Message to the Empire: Dream Worlds in the Name of Equality,” in Elisabeth Wild: Fantasias (2020). After teaching at Tufts University in the United States and the University of Vienna in Austria, she is currently Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University.