Talia Shabtay works on modern and contemporary art with a special focus on the intersections of art, technology, and knowledge production. She researches, writes, and teaches about the history of collaborations across art, design, engineering, and science; Cold War visual culture; history of design pedagogy; and technologies of vision.
She is currently at work on her first book project, which examines the visual practices of American artists, designers, engineers, and scientists who used or invented new technologies that transformed ways of seeing and learning during the early Cold War.
She is a contributing curator for the upcoming exhibition Virtual Witnessing: Seeing Caltech Science (California Institute of Technology, 2024), part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time 2024 series.
Her work has been supported by the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council for Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum.