I’m an art historian, professor, and curator living and working in New York City. I specialize in art of the United States post-WWII and also in photography. I’ve been teaching at Parsons School of Design at The New School in the West Village since 2003, with occasional time off for fellowships (The Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Fellowship in the Department of Photography at MoMA, 2007-2008) and a writing sabbatical (American Council of Learned Societies / Henry Luce Foundation for American Art Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 2011-2012). I finished my Ph.D. at the Graduate Center, City University New York, in 2013.
My recent book, Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association (University of California Press, 2016), came out in August. In it, I examine the art-making activities of an inflammatory, close-knit community of artists living and working together in a building they dubbed Painterland in the Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco in the late 1950s and 1960s. They called themselves the Rat Bastard Protective Association (RBPA), a name coined by founding member Bruce Conner.The artists who counted themselves among the Rat Bastards—these included Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, George Herms, and Manuel Neri— exhibited a unique fusion of radicalism, provocation, and community.