Writing

Below is a brief selection of my published work–personal essays, texts on contemporary art, and more. I’ve also recently begun copywriting for a branding studio, developing marketing language for consumer goods; please get in touch to see my portfolio.

My weekly column, The Culture Diet, is its own repository of my writing and voice, which, to quote a friend, “weaves together cultural threads and personal thoughts on everything from kintsugi to closing the gender divide in monuments, to, yes, softness.”


Variable West

Wrote an original “love letter” micro essay on California-based artist and sculptor Nancy Rubins, for a new website showcasing and supporting West Coast art and artists. Available here.

Nancy Rubins, installation view of Chas’ Stainless Steel, Mark Thomson’s Airplane Parts, about 1,000 lbs. of Stainless Steel Wire & Gagosian’s Beverly Hills Space at MOCA, 2002. Photo by Brian Guido. Courtesy of the artist.

The Pandemic Post

For The Pandemic Post’s fifth issue, on food, I wrote “The Sisterhood of Jewish Cooking,” an essay about a sub-genre of crowd-sourced cookbooks, all found in my grandmother’s kitchen, that were published by sisterhood groups at local synagogues–exploring the intimacies of Jewish community cooking through its various recipes and my grandma’s recollections. Available here.

Marsha Pels: Solace

LUBOV gallery, NYC

I wrote the press release for an exhibition of the work of sculptor Marsha Pels, whose feminist practice examines war, politics, and gender identity; the show debuts the monumental Fallout Necklace (pictured here) along side her Pieta. “Pels’s necklace, the trophy of abuse, embodies the insidious, interconnected architecture of nation- and world-making—its elaborate, pitiless beauty belying the inevitable fallout.” Text in full here.

On view December 10–February 7, 2021.

Ninth Street Women

Feature writer

I interviewed Mary Gabriel, author of Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art in the “Revisionism” issue of the biannual feminist magazine The September Issues. “Ninth Street Women presents the argument that the radicality of the Ab-Ex movement was best embodied by the audacity of women, who took all the same risks as their male counterparts in art, enduring many, many more in life.” Full interview here.

The Museum Meets the Legal Advocates: Unpacking a Collaborative Exhibition on Racial Injustice

Paper and presentation at the College Art Association annual conference, 2018

Participated in the session “African Americans and US Law in Visual Culture” with a paper detailing my curatorial work on the exhibition The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America, including the implications of the collaborative model and the exhibition’s timing. Text in full here.

Material Cultures

Exhibition catalogue, BRIC

For the exhibition Material Cultures (2016) at BRIC in Brooklyn, NY, I wrote essays about the work of three of the eight participating artists in the accompanying catalogue: Xenobia Bailey, Adrian Esparza, and Sophia Narrett.

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