Essays

Moreby Hall

Originally published in the Freer | Sackler Galleries’ Whistler in Watercolor digital exhibition catalogue. ◊◊ In the early 1880s, James McNeill Whistler was a house guest at Moreby Hall, located south of York in Yorkshire, where he encountered the scene that fills this watercolor. The manor house, built between 1818 […]

Interviewing Douglas Diaz

It has been my pleasure to write Douglas Diaz on the occasion of his exhibit “Reality of My Life” at Art & Art Gallery in December 2017. The catalogue contains my foreword and an interview that took place across time zones and months in the summer of 2017. My foreword […]

William Emlen Cresson’s Caricatures

I contributed an essay on William Emlen Cresson’s exhibition caricatures for the catalogue of Expanding the Audience for Art in the 19th Century at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The show was co-curated with colleagues and friends under the guidance of Michael Leja, and mounted at the Arthur Ross Gallery […]

The Permanence of the Transient

A description for The Permanence of the Transient: Precariousness in Art that I helped write and edit for Camila Maroja, in print with Cambridge Scholars Press. ◊◊ How should one approach the notion of the precarious in art – its meanings and its outcomes? Its presence in artistic practices may […]

Kiki Smith in Times Square, Again

Originally written for the Solo Foundation. ◊◊ By some confluence of chance and irony, and something other than coincidence, Kiki Smith was asked earlier this year to produce a temporary installation in Times Square as part of the Last Lot project space—roughly five blocks from the 1980 staging of “The […]