Dawn Chan is currently a contributing critic at the The New York Times. She has also published in the Atlantic, Bookforum, The New Yorker.com, New York Magazine, the Paris Review, and The Village Voice, as well as Artforum, where she was an editor in the 2010s. Her writing has been anthologized by Whitechapel/MIT Press, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, ITI Press, and Paper Monument, and her essays appear in monographs on Beverly Fishman, Luis Gispert, Ai Weiwei, and Matthew Wong, as well as in past or forthcoming volumes published by the Okayama Art Summit, the Taipei Biennial, and the Vera List Center Forum.
Formerly a visiting scholar at NYU’s Center for Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement, she has been a speaker at the Guggenheim Museum, Triple Canopy, NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2019–2020, as part of a CCS team led by Lauren Cornell, Chan was one of the co-curators of the exhibition Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future at the Tai Kwun museum in Hong Kong, co-presented by CCS Bard. The recipient of a Warhol Arts Writers Grant, a Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, and a Fulbright Fellowship, Dawn currently also works on the editorial team for November, a publication launched in 2020 featuring long-form interviews with thinkers on art, media, and politics.