Dawn Chan’s criticism and journalism appear in print and online in The Atlantic, Bookforum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Paris Review, and The Village Voice, among other venues. She is also a frequent contributor to Artforum, where she worked as an editor for nearly a decade. Her essays can be found in catalogues and monographs on Ai Weiwei, Beverly Fishman, Luis Gispert, and the Okayama Art Summit, and her writing has been anthologized in collections by Whitechapel/MIT Press, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, and Paper Monument.
A former visiting scholar at NYU’s Center for Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement, Dawn has spoken at NYU’s institute of Fine Arts, the Guggenheim Museum, Triple Canopy, and SAIC’s Conversations at the Edge series. In 2019–2020, as part of a CCS Bard team led by Lauren Cornell, she was one of the co-curators of the exhibition “Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future” staged at the Tai Kwun museum in Hong Kong and co-presented by CCS Bard. Dawn is the recipient of a Warhol Arts Writers Grant, a Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, and a Fulbright Fellowship. She is currently one of the editors of November, a publication launched in 2020 featuring long-form interviews with thinkers on art, media, and politics.