My research explores the historical confluence of visual art, sound, performance, and media in the twentieth century.
I am assistant director of the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute and lecturer in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art.
My current book project examines how the integration of sound transformed intermedia artistic practices in the decades following the Second World War.
Other current projects include writing on sonic ecologies and tidalectics in video works by Caribbean-born contemporary artist Deborah Jack; a feminist reading of early performances and video works by sound artist Christina Kubisch; and collaborations among the Italian, Belgian, and French concrete and sound poets in the 1960s.
I have a PhD in modern and contemporary art history from Yale University, an MA in Philosophy and Aesthetics from Stony Brook University, and a BA in Philosophy and Poetry from Skidmore College.
I have taught undergraduate art history survey courses as well as graduate seminars on modern and contemporary topics at Wesleyan University, Yale University, and the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art.
Past course topics include:
Sonic Ecologies: Queer Listening, Objects, Orientations
Sound/Image: Theories and Practices in Art History
Postwar Art, Media, Space
Issues in Contemporary Practice
The Logic of Sensation: Feeling and Thinking in Art
I have published art and cultural criticism, scholarly essays, and contributed to exhibition catalogs.
My poetry has appeared in journals like The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Albion Review, and Maternal Journal, as well as in book of poems and paintings created in collaboration with artist Kaylan Buteyn.
I worked with Kevin Repp on the 2019 exhibition Beyond Words: Experimental Poetry & the Avant-Garde, including curating the sound works program and co-curating the other exhibition materials.
I have held curatorial, research, and editorial positions at the National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery.
I conduct interviews with scholars and artists exploring the intersections of sound, media, and art as part of the Clark podcast In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing, which I also produce. I also created and produce a podcast miniseries called In the Foreground: Object Studies, which introduces listeners to a single work of art as seen through the eyes of an art historian.
Previously I convened Soundscapes, an interdisciplinary symposium and series of events at Yale dedicated to sound art and creative recording practices.
I live in western Massachusetts with my partner (an architect) and our two children.
I'd be happy to to hear from you.