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Elisabeth Tiso

Adj Lecturer


Elisabeth Tiso A.B.D., CUNY Graduate Center

Currently teaches at Fordham University and Kingsborough and is Co-Director of the UCLA in New York program.  Previous teaching experience includes Parsons, SVA, City College, and the University of Delaware in Paris. Before returning to academia worked for ten years for the artist Niki de Saint Phalle co-creating and managing the Tarot Foundation in Capalbio, Italy. 


Art 34 (Survey of Art History: Reniassance to 19th century Art)

Art 31 (Survey of Art History: Prehistoric to the Present

Art 31 (Online)

Art 95 (Modern Architecture)

Art 35 (Nineteenth Century Art, formerly Modern Art I:1880-1945)


Contemporary Art


BA, Sarah Lawrence College, 1982

ABD: City University of New York, Graduate Center. MA 2006, PhD candidate (ABD) in Contemporary Public Art. South Asian Art minor.  Columbia University, 2012. 

College Teaching:

Fordham University, Lecturer: 2009- Present. Urbanism

Kingsborough 2010- Present

UCLA in NYC 2004-2024 (Co-Director 2020). Modern and Contemporary Art. Modern Architecture.



“Re-branding Post-1945 Paris: Exhibiting Powers and Contemporary Art” in UCLA e-scholarship online journal Paroles Gelees.  Published Sept. 2010.
“New York Chelsea District: a ‘Global and Local Perspective on Contemporary Art”, David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso in The Cultural Economy edited by Helmut Anheier and Yudhishthir Raj Isar.  Sage Publications, 2008.  
“The Sociology of the new art gallery scene in Chelsea Manhattan”, David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso in Sublime Economics, eds. Jack Armarglio .Joseph Childers and Stephen Cullenberg, Routledge Press, 2009.
“Contemporary Art: A ‘Global’ and Local Perspective via New York’s Chelsea District”,
in UCLA California Center for Population Research, UCLA,  e-scholarship, December 2007.   
“Chelsea Still Center of the Art World, but LES Beckons”, Chelsea Now, 12/2007
“Armory Show Remains a Tough Nut to Crack”, Chelsea Now. 2/2007 
“The Structure of Contemporary Art: A Study of Chelsea”, Cambridge University Conference on the Humanities publication, 2005.
The Attitude of the Audience for Sensation and of the General Public toward Controversial Works Art.” in Unsettling Sensation: Arts Policy Lessons from the Brooklyn Museum of Art Controversy. Edited by Lawrence Rothfield.  Rutgers Univ. Press. 2001.
“Jean Tinguely’s Cyclop”,  Art in America. 1991.
“Antonio Sant’Elia”, ARTnews Magazine. 1986.
“Palazzo Turned Museum”, ARTnews. 1986.

Online Publications

“New York versus Paris: A Comparison of Art Galleries”.  University of Paris, at Jussieu.  Online Publication ART@ art.  June 2003.
“The Structure of Contemporary Art: A Study of Chelsea.”  Common Ground the Online Journal for the Humanities.  6/2006.

Book Publications

New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, The High Line and Mega-Projects on Manhattans Far West Side.  University of Chicago Press, December 9th, 2014.
“The Public Art of Jean Tinguely 1959-1991: Between Performance and Permanence”.   Chapter in France and the Visual Arts since 1945: Remapping European Postwar and Contemporary Art.  Bloombsbury Press, 2018.
Future publications: “The Glorious, Monstrous Brides of Niki de Saint Phalle.”

Lectures and Symposiums

92ns Street Y Library New York’s New Edge and Chelsea as Cultural Behemoth and Global Paradigm, June 7th, 2016.
New York Public Library New York’s New Edge and Chelsea as Cultural Behemoth and Global Paradigm, 2015
AIA Oculus Book Talk, 2015
CUNY TV 12/24/2014
10/20/2014:  The New School.  Presented talk on forthcoming New York’s New Edge. 
03/22/2013: “The Public Art of Jean Tinguely 1959-1991: Between Performance and Permanence”. Metamatic Reloaded, Museum Tinguely, Basel.  Publication in progress. 
10/16/2009: UCLA Graduate Symposium “ Re-Branding Post 1945 Paris: Exhibiting Powers and Contemporary Art”.
2/33/2007: ESS Eastern Conference.  “Shifting Paradigms in Public Art Post 1960”.
8/05/2005:  Conference on the Humanities held at Cambridge University. “The Structure of Contemporary Art; A Study of Chelsea”.
6/2003: University of Paris at Jussieu, France.  Presented paper “Art Foundations in the U.S.A. and the Niki de Saint Phalle Foundation”.
5/2003: University of Paris at Jussieu, Paris, France.  Presented paper at online conference entitled “The Galleries of Chelsea in New York and the Galleries of Paris: a Comparison.”

Curator Kingsborough Museum, “Aids you Can’t Catch it Holding Hands” a film directed and produced by Philip Mathews based on the artwork of Niki De Saint Phalle.  The exhibit included the first US showing of the film as well as hand painted cels used in its production, artist drawings and other archival material surrounding its production but also first showing at the Musee des Arts Decoratif in Paris in 1990.

Personal Interests:

Social Justice, Art and Architecture and Cats