Maya Kramer

Maya Kramer
Assistant Arts Professor of Visual Arts
Office Phone
+86 (21) 2059 5446

Maya Kramer is an Assistant Arts Professor of Visual Arts at NYU Shanghai. She holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Hunter College. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she worked in the curatorial department of the Guggenheim Museum, for the notable private collector David Teiger, and as an arts consultant for such organizations as the Shanghai Gallery of Art and W hotels. She regularly contributes to such publications as Frieze and Cobo Social, and is represented by Capsule Gallery in Shanghai. Her work focuses on humanity’s fraught relationship to the environment through immersive, sometimes mechanical installations, and an idiosyncratic approach to materiality. A more comprehensive overview of her past exhibitions, artworks, writings on art, and articles on her work can be found on her website:

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  • 2018, Decoy, Capsule Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • 2014, Against the Wind, Frontline Contemporary, Shanghai, China
  • 2009, From Where It Springs, Truecolor Museum, Suzhou, China


  • 2019, The Kind Stranger, UNArt Center, Pudcong, Shanghai, China 
  • 2017, Extension at Sea, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • 2014, Unseen Existence, Dialogues with the Environment in Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China       
  • 2015, Beyond Architecture, Long Museum, Shanghai, China    
  • 2010, The Third Party, Platform Gallery, Beijing, China
  • 2010, There is Nothing You Can Measure Anymore, Ni You Yu, Jin Shan, Maya Kramer, Aike Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • 2010, Double Infinity, Co-organized by Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven Holland and Arthub Asia, Dutch Cultural Council, Shanghai, China


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  • MFA
    Hunter College

Research Interests

  • Materiality in art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Controversial exhibitions
  • Art and the Anthropocene 
  • Drawing

Courses Taught

  • Contemporary Art and Theory in North America and Europe
  • Mark Making: From Basic Drawing Skills to Contemporary Approaches to Drawing