My new article, “Appealing for an Alternative: Ecology and Environmentalism in Joseph Beuys’ Projects of Social Sculpture,” is posted on Seismopolite: Journal of Art and Politics in their second issue on Art & Political Ecology. In it, I discuss how Joseph Beuys dealt with the aftermath of the Second World War in West Germany and sought alternatives to a political system that he felt did not address the needs of the public. The article is primarily concerned with his ecological and environmental activism.
On 19 October 2016, I passed my final examination for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Art History at the City University of New York Graduate Center. The degree will be awarded in February 2017 with a certificate in American Studies.
The full text of my dissertation can be found on CUNY Academic Works.
I will be presenting on my PhD research at the symposium “From Social Sculpture to Art Related Action” at Zeppelin Universität in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on Saturday, 29 October 2016. My paper, entitled “Open to Interpretation: The Resonance of Social Sculpture in the United States,” will explore Beuys’ concept of social sculpture through the work of U.S. artists Suzanne Lacy and Rick Lowe. The symposium will take place Oct 28-29 and will also include talks by Grant Kester, Andrew McNiven, Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Rainer Rappmann, John Roberts, Christof Salzmann, Ulrike Shepherd, Johannes Stüttgen, and Karen van den Berg.
I will be presenting my research on Joseph Beuys’ response to Cold War ideologies at the Universidad de Barcelona, Spain, during the doctoral seminar associated with “Cold Atlantic. Cultural War, Dissident Artistic Practices, Networks and Contact Zones at the Time of the Iron Curtain” on 9 September 2016.