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Anastasia Aukeman

I earned my Ph.D. in art history at the Graduate School and University Center, City University New York in 2013. My area of specialization is the art of the United States post-WWII, with an emphasis on west coast art in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. My secondary area of specialization is photography. I began my career at the Aperture Foundation and was the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in 2007-2008. 

My recent book, Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association (Oakland: University of California Press, 2016), examines the art-making activities of a close-knit community of artists living and working in a building they dubbed Painterland in San Francisco in the late 1950s. They called themselves the Rat Bastard Protective Association, a name coined by founding member Bruce Conner.  The cohort included Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, and Manuel Neri, among other, less constant members. I've also curated a group show titled Rat Bastard Protective Association at the Landing, Los Angeles (Oct. 1, 2016 - Jan. 7, 2017). 

Finally, I'm an educator in art and design history and theory at Parsons School of Design in New York. I've also taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. I've lectured frequently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.