Biography

Karin Zitzewitz is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Michigan State University.

Her most recent book, The Art of Secularism: The Cultural Politics of Modernist Art in Contemporary India was published by Hurst & Co Publishers (UK) and Oxford University Press (US/India) in 2014. Based on extensive fieldwork in three centers of the Indian art world: Mumbai, Vadodara (Gujarat), and New Delhi, the book tracks the changes wrought by the rise of Hindu nationalism on the practices of four modernist artists and on the character of art world spaces. The manuscript was awarded the Edward C. Dimock Prize in the Humanities from the American Institute for Indian Studies. It was named a 2014 New Republic book of the year.

Zitzewitz's writings have been published in ARTMargins Journal, Third Text, Visual Anthropology Review, Art History, and Journal of Asian Studies, among others. A forum in Art Journal on contemporary art in South and Southeast Asia, co-edited with Nora A. Taylor, will be published in the summer of 2018.

Her guest curatorial projects for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University include solo presentations for Pakistani artist Naiza Khan (2013) and Indian artist Mithu Sen (2014). Naiza Khan's Karachi Elegies was supported by a publication on the artist's work issued jointly by the Broad Art Museum and Art AsiaPacific.

In addition to her writing for more academic audiences, she has contributed to catalogs for Bhupen Khakhar: You Can't Please All (2016), at Tate Modern, Midnight to the Boom (2013), held at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and The Sahmat Collective (2013), which originated at the Smart Art Museum at the University of Chicago. Short pieces have appeared in the popular art journals Art India, TAKE On Art, and Art AsiaPacific. She collaborated with Mumbai gallerist Kekoo Gandhy on a memoir, The Perfect Frame: Presenting Modern Indian Art, which was published in 2003.

Karin Zitzewitz received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2006. Before coming to MSU she served as a Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago.