Dawn Chan is a critic and writer in New York who regularly contributes to The New York Times, as well as Artforum Magazine, where she worked as an editor for over a decade. She has also published in the Atlantic, Bookforum, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, the Paris Review, and The Village Voice, among other venues. Her writing has been anthologized in collections by Whitechapel/MIT Press, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, ITI Press, and Paper Monument, and her essays appear in catalogues and monographs on Beverly Fishman, Luis Gispert, Matthew Wong, Ai Weiwei, and the Okayama Art Summit.
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 and 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, 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.