Brian GoldfarbBrian Goldfarb

Associate Professor

Affiliated faculty: Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, Education Studies
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Ph.D., Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester (1998)


Brian Goldfarb's research and media production focuses on contemporary visual and digital culture, disability studies and education. His book, Visual Pedagogy: Media Cultures in and beyond the Classroom, considers how media technologies were used in the second half of the 20th century to advance models of pedagogy across the arts, education, and postcolonial politics in the United States and globally. Goldfarb's current projects include Global Tourette, a digital documentary and media exchange project that engages cultural and professional responses to Tourette Syndrome in the US, Argentina and other contexts internationally.

Goldfarb was curator of education at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC from 1994-7 where he organized exhibitions and directed the education program. Goldfarb’s media and art projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally.



  • Visual Pedagogy: Media Cultures of Education in and Beyond the Classroom (Duke University Press, 2002)
  • Articles/Book Chapters
  • “On the Subject of Neural and Sensory Prostheses,” co-author Lisa Cartwright, in The Prosthetic Impulse, ed. Marquard Smith and Joanna Morra, (MIT Press, 2005)
  • “Fragments on Prosthetics and the Virtual: Ocular Prosthetics and the Embodiment of Digital Visuality,” co-author Lisa Cartwright, Documentary and the Practice of the Visual, ed. Christina Lammer (Vienna: Verlag Turia & Kant, 2002)
  • “Local Television and Community Politics in Brazil: São Paulo's TV Anhembi,” Visible Nations: Latin American Cinema and Video, edited by Chon Noriega (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000).
  • Temporarily Possessed: The Semi-Permanent Collection, co-edited with Mimi Young (New York: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1995)
  • “A Pedagogical Cinema: Development Theory, Colonialism, and Post-Liberation African Film,” Iris special issue on African cinema (1995), reprinted in Revista Archivos De La Filmoteca, Valencia, Spain (Fall 1998)
  • “Intimate Interactivity: New Safer Sex Software,” The Independent 16, no. 10 (1993)
  • “Video Activism and Critical Pedagogy,” Afterimage 20, no. 10 (May 1993). Reprinted in Art Activism and Oppositionality, ed. Grant Kestor and Lynn Love (Duke University Press, 1998)
  • “Cultural Contagion: On Disney’s Health Education Films for Latin America,” co-author Lisa Cartwright, in Disney Discourse, ed. Eric Smoodin (New York and London: Routledge, 1994)
  • “Radiography, Cinematography, and the Decline of the Lens, 1920-1970,” co-author Lisa Cartwright, Incorporations, Zone Vol. 6, eds. Jonathan Crary and Sanford Kwinter (Cambridge: MIT, 1992)

Media Projects

  • Global Tourette (2005-present)
  • Pictures of Waiting Children. (web-based project 20001)
  • Ocular Convergence (interactive CD-ROM/Web project, 1999)

Curatorial Projects

  • Curator,, 1996, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC
  • Co-curator, Temporarily Possessed: The Semi-Permanent Collection, 1995, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC
  • Curator, Digital Check-Up, 1993, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY