Adair Rounthwaite

Assistant Professor, Art History



PhD, University of Minnesota, 2013
MA, University of Amsterdam, 2007


Adair Rounthwaite is a specialist in contemporary art, with particular interests in performance, audience participation, conceptualism, institutional critique, and the relationship between art and urban space. Her work concentrates temporally on the 1970s and 1980s, with geographic foci in North America and in the former Yugoslavia and its successor states.


  • Adair Rounthwaite. “The Politics of Public Art in 1970s Yugoslavia.” A research project supported by the University of Washington Royalty Research Fund, 2017+.     Read more
  • Adair Rounthwaite. Asking the Audience: Participatory Art in 1980s New York. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.     Read more
  • Adair Rounthwaite. “Sanja Iveković, Marina Abramović, and the Global Politics of Authentic Experience,” Third Text 131 (November 2014): 471-87.     Read more
  • Adair Rounthwaite. “In, Around, and Afterthoughts (On Participation): Photography and Agency in Martha Rosler’s Collaboration with Homeward Bound.” Art Journal 73:4 (Winter 2014): 46-63.     Read more
  • Adair Rounthwaite. “Martha Rosler,” in Fifty Key Writers on Photography, Mark Durden, ed. (New York and London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 195-200.     Read more
  • Adair Rounthwaite. “‘Cultural Participation’ by Group Material: Between the Ontology and the History of the Participatory Art Event,” Performance Research 16 4 (2011): 92-6.     Read more
  • Adair Rounthwaite. “Split Witness: Metaphorical Extensions of Life in the Art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres,” Representations 109 (Winter 2010): 35-56.     Read more
  • Adair Rounthwaite. “Veiled Subjects: Shirin Neshat and Non-Liberatory Agency,” The Journal of Visual Culture 7 2 (2008): 165-180.     Read more