Marc Arthur is a PhD candidate in the department of performance studies at New York University where his research encompasses aesthetic and critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, and ethnic studies with a particular focus on performance and visual culture. His dissertation examines the biopolitical transformation of HIV/AIDS and allegories of the supernatural in performance and visual art from the 1980s to the present.
Arthur is also the Senior Editor of the Performa Magazine and the Head of Research and Archives at Performa where he has organized touring exhibitions, curated programs, lead interdisciplinary research projects with a wide range of artists, and spearheaded the acquisition of the Performa collection by NYU’s Fales Library. Arthur has also given talks and presentations at symposia and discursive platforms including at the New Museum, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, the Association for Theater in Higher Education, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at CUNY, and Performance Studies International.
As an artist, he has exhibited and performed at galleries and theaters including at New Langton Arts and David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco; Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels; the Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice; FRISE, Hamburg; and in New York City at the Martha Graham Dance Theater, La MaMa, Dixon Place, and Movement Research at Judson Church. From 2008 to 2009 he was a Research Fellow at the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco.