Debra Wacks

Debra Wacks earned her Ph.D. in art history with a certificate in Women’s Studies from The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY. Her dissertation was entitled “Subversive Humor: The Performance Art of Hannah Wilke, Eleanor Antin, and Adrian Piper.” In 2001, she curated and wrote the catalogue SMIRK: women, art, and humor for the Firehouse Art Gallery, New York. She has taught at The College of Staten Island, York College, and New School University and has published review articles in Art Journal. She recently left New York City with the intention of exploring Asian performance art and now resides in Hong Kong.

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