Emily Watlington

Emily Watlington studies contemporary art and is the Curatorial Research Assistant at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. She also holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Prior to arriving at MIT, she was based in Zagreb, Croatia where she conducted research thanks to the Donis A. Dondis Fellowship.

Her research focuses on contemporary art, primarily video, through the lenses of affect theory and feminist theory. Currently, she is at work on her thesis, titled "Pretty Gross: Aestheticized Abjection in the Video Art of Pipilotti Rist, Marilyn Minter, and Mika Rottenberg."

Her art criticism has appeared in numerous publications such as Frieze and Mousse, and has been translated into French, German, Italian, and CroatianIn 2017, she received the Vera List Writing Prize for Visual Arts.

Areas of Interest
American Art, Art and Technology, Education, Feminism, Gender Studies, Globalization, Public Art, Theory of Art