My research concerns postwar art, particularly as it pertains to changes in the way we experience the world due to the reproducibility of images.
I began as a photographic artist and commercial printer. In this capacity I was fortunate to work with many talented photographers, including Richard Barnes and Jim Goldberg, among others. I then earned a MA in Inter-Arts from San Francisco State University and, later, a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. My dissertation was a phenomenological study of the Fluxus artists, focusing on photography. I was advised by Professors Michael Ann Holly and Douglas Crimp. Since then I have been awarded a number of fellowships including from the Camargo, the Clark Art Institute, the Centre Allemand d’histoire de l’art, and a resident associate fellowship from the National Humanities Center.
My research projects often have a curatorial component. Currently, I am remounting Bruce Nauman's 1970 Corridor Installation with Mirror - San Jose Installation (Double Wedge Corridor with Mirror) in the gallery where it premiered at San José State College (now University). This project will result in a book co-authored with Constance Lewallen (University of California Press, forthcoming 2018). My part, titled "Corridor Reflections," employs the reflective distance afforded by the reinstallation to reconsider this mirrored corridor. Using primary documents I discovered in the process of researching the topic I shift the narrative that frames the installation away from the artist/artwork and toward the experience of time while arguing that the people, materials, and processes involved in the installation are significant to the experience in it. I conclude by noting how the infrastructure has changed, and thus considering how the experience of time in this corridor has changed in a half century.
I am also in the process of completing a manuscript on the diorama. Through a series of case studies from 1822 to the present, this book understands the diorama and its development in relation to themes found in historical painting, opera, romantic novels, debates on urban lighting, and taxidermy. In the book I argue that the diorama is a parallel (but latent) practice to that of photography, which finally emerges in contemporary installation art.
As associate professor of Art History and Visual Culture at San José State University I am actively involved in the Art History graduate program while regularly teaching graduate seminars for MFA. students and sitting on MA and MFA committees. I have taught graduate seminars on a range of topics including the archive, contemporary craft, photography and perception, spectacle, and art historical methods. My undergraduate courses include the history and theory of new media, introduction to visual culture, the art of the 1960s and 70s, and issues of materiality in contemporary art (called "The Thing").
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.