Bryan Markovitz is a PhD candidate in TAPS and an Open Graduate MA student in Anthropology. He also works full-time as a design strategist, creating master plans, exhibits, and engagement programs for museums and cultural institutions. He works in Chicago at Luci Creative.
Bryan’s academic research merges the disciplines of museum studies, performance theory, anthropology, and the history of science. His dissertation is a micro-history of the destruction and scientific reproduction of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals between 1960 and 2014.
He is especially interested in how technology is changing the preservation and display of material culture. This includes everything from the reproduction of art and artifacts by conservation scientists, to the resurrection of extinct flora and fauna by synthetic biologists.
Bryan holds an MA in Performance Studies from Brown, an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Theatre from Trinity University. As an artist, he co-founded Liminal, a Portland, Oregon based performance and media ensemble. For a decade, he served as Liminal's artistic director and received three Portland Drama Critics Circle Awards for best direction and design of Liminal’s interactive media and theatre projects.