The Art of Direct Action published by Sternberg Press!

I co-edited a book with Profs. Karen van den Berg and Philipp Kleinmichel entitled 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘼𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝘿𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝘼𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣: 𝙎𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙎𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙥𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘽𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 out now with Sternberg Press!

It considers Joseph Beuys’s concept of social sculpture as a touchpoint for historical developments and recent trends in socially engaged art through theoretical essays by art historians, and curators, and interviews with contemporary artists.


With contributions by Karen van den Berg, Mary Jane Jacob, Cara Jordan, Grant Kester, Philipp Kleinmichel, kuda Production, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Marina Naprushkina, Dan Peterman, Rainer Rappmann, Pedro Reyes, John Roberts, Gregory Sholette, Caroline Tisdall, Anton Vidokle, and Caroline Woolard

Announcing Peter Halley: Paintings of the 1980s, The Catalogue Raisonné


I’m pleased to announce the publication of Peter Halley: Paintings of the 1980s, The Catalogue Raisonné by JRP|Ringier! Six years in the making, this gorgeous illustrated catalogue involved researching 186 of Halley’s paintings produced between 1980 and 1989, the period in which he developed his iconic visual language.

The book also includes an essay by curator Paul Pieroni.

Click here for more info or to purchase.

CAA 2019

This year I’m both presenting a paper and chairing a session at the College Art Association’s Annual Conference. Come say hi!

Presentation: “Lessons from Joseph Beuys: Social Sculpture as a Model for Today’s Socially Engaged Art,” on the panel “Art and Politics: Just a Gesture and No Future? Debating the Political Force of Public Art in the US and Germany from the 1960s until Today,” also feat. Lisa Bloom and Martha Rosler, Trianon Ballroom, Thursday, February 14 @ 8:30am

Session: “The Artist as Public Intellectual, 1968 to Today,” feat. Ingrid Ruudi, Sarah Hegenbart, and Paloma Checa-Gismero, Sutton South, Saturday, February 16 @ 8:30am

Art & MIS Surgery

Congratulations to Drs. Steven Schwaitzberg & Daniel Jones on their new book, Operative Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, which comes out on Feb. 27, 2019, with CRC Press. I took a small part in the publication by serving as art editor, choosing images of artworks that are related to surgery and writing extended captions about them. I even snuck in a piece by Beuys!

William Hogarth, Four Stages of CrueltyThe Reward of Cruelty, 1751. Line engraving, 15 1/4 × 12 3/4 inches. Artwork in the public domain; image courtesy Yale Center for British Art.


Save the Date: Bring-a-Thing-a-Thon at the GC, Oct 16-17

This fall, the Graduate Center will launch a new initiative on the ground floor of the Mina Rees Library: the Object Library is a cross between a sculpture gallery and a traditional library offering both material objects and books as starting points for knowledge. To kick off the project, we’ll be installing a temporary installation in AY 18/19 entitled 365 Things, featuring objects donated by the GC community that reflect our research, personal history, and social experience. Bring an object no bigger than your head for documentation and display as part of our Bring-a-Thing-a-Thon event in the James Gallery on October 16 & 17. For more details, visit

“The Artist as Public Intellectual” at CAA 2019

I will be chairing a panel entitled “The Artist as Public Intellectual: 1968 to Today” at CAA’s Annual Conference in 2019. Proposals are due by August 6, 2018. Please visit the CAA website for submission requirements.

The Artist as Public Intellectual: 1968 to Today
Along with increased specialization and the rise of the rapid news cycle, the status of intellectuals in public life has experienced a shift since the mid-20th century. Long populated by social thinkers, literary critics, and philosophers, the public intellectual—once called upon to combat political propaganda with facts and cultural analysis—has now been replaced by an expert talking head. Artists have played an equally active part in public life for millennia, experiencing an apogee around 1968 with figures such as Judy Chicago and Joseph Beuys. Although in recent decades many have abandoned their utopian proclamations in favor of localized action, today’s artists are increasingly seeking methods to generate public debate and address social problems, reviving the tradition of the public intellectual by using art as a mode of cultural critique writ large.

This panel seeks papers that investigate modes of art making that might be considered activities of public intellectualism since the turbulent 1960s in order to identify global phenomena and establish precedents for today’s practitioners. How have artists sought out public methods of and venues for idea production and dissemination with the goal of resisting hegemonic power and/or catalyzing social change? Which strategies were successful (or unsuccessful) and which ideas took hold on a mass scale? How have artists built upon existing activist movements or cultural moments in order to broadcast their ideas? Papers may address individual artists and/or projects, thematic case studies, or curatorial methodologies; artists are also encouraged to present on their own work.

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