Writing

Below is a brief selection of published texts on contemporary art. For current writing, including a culture digest and cultural criticism, check out and subscribe to my substack.

I’m available for freelance writing and research of all kinds, including short and long-form texts, interviews, press releases, and interpretive materials, as well as commercial copywriting, copyediting + proofreading, and resume and cover letter assistance.


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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