Public Art: New Ways of Thinking & Doing

I will be presenting a paper entitled “Joseph Beuys’ Memorial to the Future” at the symposium Public Art: New Ways of Thinking & Doing at York University, Toronto, on 20 May 2017. For more info:


Small Updates

I’m happy to report that this semester I’ve returned to teaching at CUNY’s City College while I finish Peter Halley’s catalogue raisonné (coming out this summer!) and an essay for the Bronx Museum’s Gordon Matta-Clark show this fall.

Article on Seismopolite

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.

Lecture on Social Sculpture in the USA at Zeppelin Universität, Friedrichshafen, 29 Oct

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.