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I am a curator, editor, and writer based in Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. My artistic and curatorial interests are many—always with a critical feminist lens—and I have a particular love of painting, printmaking, contemporary print and book culture, comics and sequential graphic narratives, film history, English literature, and experimental forms of art writing.
Currently I am the Associate Curator at The Contemporary Austin, a dual-site contemporary art museum with a downtown kunsthalle exhibition space and a west Austin fourteen-acre sculpture park.
Most recently at The Contemporary Austin I have organized the exhibitions Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance (2019), Huma Bhabha: Other Forms of Life (2018), Jessica Stockholder: Relational Aesthetics, (2018), and Lise Haller Baggesen: Mothernism (2016), all at The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, as well as outdoor projects with Bhabha, Stockholder, and Baggesen at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria.
In 2017 I worked closely with Executive Director Louis Grachos in organizing the first museum survey exhibition of the paintings of Garth Weiser. In my time at the museum I have also assisted Heather Pesanti, Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs, in presenting solo exhibitions by artists such as John Bock, Rodney McMillian, Wangechi Mutu, Monika Sosnowska, Do Ho Suh, Robert Therrien, and outdoor sculpture commissions and installations by artists such as Ai Weiwei, Terry Allen, Carol Bove, Anya Gallaccio, and Ryan Gander.
I also have many years of experience in art book publication, and am passionate about the entire process of creating, researching, producing, editing, and printing books for and by contemporary artists. (It is of course related that my formative years were spent in an independent bookstore—Best Books First in East Liverpool, Ohio—run by my parents for eight years.)
Before moving to Austin I served as the Registrar and Publications Director at the Chicago gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey, where I edited and managed the production of over 35 exhibition catalogs, booklets, and albums.
For The Contemporary Austin I have edited the catalogues Rodney McMillian: History is Present Tense (2018, co-published with Radius Books, Santa Fe), Garth Weiser: Paintings, 2008–2017 (2017), and Strange Pilgrims (2015, co-published with The University of Texas Press). Forthcoming is The Sorcerer's Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn, a catalogue for a group exhibition organized by Heather Pesanti (2019, co-published with Radius Books).