Robert R. Shane

Associate Professor of Art History


Ph.D.Art History & CriticismStony Brook University
Advanced Graduate CertificateArt & PhilosophyStony Brook University
MAArt Histoy & CriticismStony Brook University
BFAStudio ArtThe College of Saint Rose

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of Art History Robert R. Shane is the author of several articles and essays on contemporary art and theory,  former Managing Editor of the journal Art Criticism published by Stony Brook University, and a regular contributor of texts on contemporary art for books published by Phaidon Press, London.  His doctoral dissertation was an investigation of the work of video and performance artist Paul McCarthy, and his current book project in progress is titled Correcting Mirrors: Shame and Strategies of Empowerment in Contemporary Women’s Art.  He presents his research at academic conferences including those of the College Art Association and The Kristeva Circle. His art criticism has been published in periodicals including The Brooklyn Rail and The Shambhala Times.  Dr. Shane is increasingly engaged in curatorial projects and writes for contemporary art exhibitions.


Teaching Interests

  • Contemporary Art
  • Art Theory & Criticism
  • Latin American Art
  • Art & Buddhism

Research/Creative Works

Scholarly Articles

“‘I longed to cherish mirrored reflections…’ Mirroring and Black Female Subjectivity in Carrie Mae Weems’s Art against Shame,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 33, issue 3 (2018), Special issue—Gender and the Politics of Shame, ed. Clara Fischer.

“Motherhood According to Martha Graham: Dancing Jocasta” Theory@Buffalo 19, Special issue—Difference: Sexual, Cultural, Universal (2017): 83-110.

“Performing Painting: On the Time of Embodied Vision,” in Seeing Whole: Toward an Ethics and Ecology of Sight, Mark Ledbetter and Asbjørn Grønstad, eds. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, pp. 237-260.

Art Criticism

Review of Cameron Martin, Abstracts and ReticulationsThe Brooklyn Rail (September 2017).

“‘Without Beginning or End’—The Trans-Temporal Art of Yeachin Tsai,” The Shambhala Times (26, 28, 30 July 2017). Published in serial:
And printed in its entirety on artist’s website:

“Temporal Nomads: The Scandal of Postmodern History Painting,” The Brooklyn Rail (June 2017).

Exhibition & catalog essays

Author of the essay “When We Were Young: Rethinking Abstraction from the University at Albany Art Collections (1967-present)” for the exhibition of the same title, and writer of the exhibition’s didactic texts. University Art Museum, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY.  October 6-December 16, 2017

“Terpsícore en la pintura: imágenes de danza de José Manuel Ciria / Terpsichore in Painting: José Manuel Ciria’s Images of Dance,” translated by David Cruz Acevedo, in Ciria: Heads Grids, curated and edited by Donald Kuspit. Madrid, Círculo de Bellas Artes, 2010, pp. 21-29 (Spanish) / 201-206 (English).  PDF of the print catalog available through the artist’s website: