Associate Professor
Art History

Alpesh Kantilal Patel

Alpesh Kantilal Patel’s art historical scholarship, curation, and criticism reflect his queer, anti-racist and transnational approach to contemporary art. His first monograph, Productive Failure: Writing Queer Transnational South Asian Art Histories [Manchester University Press], mobilizes “affirmative criticality” and “productive failure” as conceptual frameworks to produce a more ethical, entangled, and transparent practice of writing (art) history.

In addition to having worked in the curatorial departments of the Whitney Museum of American Art and New Museum of Contemporary Art, both in New York City, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally and published numerous anthologized chapters and articles in journals like e-misférica: The Journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and Journal of Asian diasporic visual cultures and the Americas. He is also a frequent contributor to art magazines like frieze, Hyperallergic, and Artforum. He is currently on the Editorial Board of Art Journal.

Patel was a Fulbright Scholar in Poznań, Poland and a Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art. His research has received support from the Arts Council England and National Endowment of Humanities, among others. He has held visiting scholar appointments at New York University’s Center for Gender and Sexuality and Asian/Pacific/American Institute. In 2022, he will be a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Loughborough University, England.

PhD, Art History and Visual Studies, University of Manchester, England, 2009
BA, History of Art, Yale University, 1997

Selected Work
Patel, A. & Siddiqui, Y. (Eds.). (Forthcoming 2022). Storytellers of Art Histories: Living and Sustaining a
     Creative Life
. Bristol: Intellect Books.

Patel, A. “Queer Chinese feminist Archipelago: Shanghai, San Francisco, and Miami,” philoSOPHIA: A
     Journal of transContinental Feminism 11:1
(Fall 2021).

Patel, A., Davidson, J.C. & Okeke-Agulu, C. (Eds.). (2021). "Curatorial Impacts – the Futures of Okwui
     Enwezor (1963–2019)." Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 48(1).

Patel, A. (2017). Productive failure: Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories. Manchester,
     UK: Manchester University Press.

Patel, A. (2015). “Towards Embodied, Agonistic Museum Viewing Practices in Contemporary
     Manchester, England.” From Museum Critique to the Critical Museum: Theory and Practice
     (pp. 179−92).