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Lecture at the 92nd St Y, NYC

On March 28th, I’ll be speaking at the famed 92nd St Y here in New York. I’ll be discussing four can’t-miss rooms in local art museums, as a way of tallking about the importance of history and place in viewing and understanding works of art. …

Artforum.com review of Cory Arcangel at Team Gallery

Cory Arcangel’s work is really rich, and I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, so this was the most challenging review I’ve written to date. There’s much more to say, but…this will have to do, for now.

"Wise Lights"

My first article devoted exclusively to the topic of the Howard Wise Gallery (the subject I’ve been researching for the past four years) is now out; you can find it in the October 2014 issue of Art in America. The article is part of a series the magazine is running on important historical galleries, and previews the (much) larger project that I’m wrapping up in 2015.

Now in print: Efficient Causation

You can now order Efficient Causation: A History, the first title from Oxford’s new “Philosophical Concepts” series. Each book in the series will provide a “biography” of a specific philosophical concept, outlining its development over time. …

Announcing our new Podcast: State of the Arts

After months of preparation, my friend Sarah and I are launching a new Podcast. Called “State of the Arts,” the podcast is devoted to exploring how art and its history shape our world today. The podcast’s accompanying

Artforum.com review of Clement Valla at TRANSFER

With all of the end-of-semester hubub, I forgot to post a link to my review of the Clement Valla show at TRANSFER in Brooklyn. I had been wanting to check out the space for a while, and wasn’t disappointed; after I saw the show, I went to meet a friend of mine from MIT at the opening of a nearby perfumery, and ending up dragging him back to Transfer to see the show with me (in the rain!). …

Fall 2014 Lectures

In addition to the previously-announced event in Boston, I’ll be doing a few more One Day University lectures this fall. Here’s the latest complete list:

September 21: Boston, with the Boston Globe

October 19: Minneapolis

Through the Looking-Glass, Darkly

If you have any interest in the 1960s, psychedelic drugs, and/or contemporary art, you may enjoy “Through the Looking-Glass, Darkly," my review of two recent books devoted to the topic of psychedelic art, which was just published in the Winter 2013 issue of

September 2014 Lecture in Boston (and a milestone!)

This September, I’ll be traveling to a familiar city with One Day U: Boston! In partnership with the Boston Globe, One Day U will present a full-day event on September 21st at the Westin Copley Place. You can learn more and purchase tickets

Update on “In Defense of Art History"

I’m very grateful that my article “Against Playing the Short Game: In Defense of Art History” has found an audience, both on The Toast (where it was published) and beyond. Since its publication, it’s been linked to by the

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