- The Primacy of Sensibility: Scott Burton Writing on Art and Performance
- Immoderate Couplings: Transformations and Genders in John Chamberlain's Work
- Playing in the Sand with Picasso: Relief Sculpture as Game in the Summer of 1930
- Mourning, Yearning, Cruising: Ernesto Pujol's Memorial Gestures
- Privileging the Object of Sculpture: Actuality and Harry Bates's Pandora of 1890
- Queer Exercises: Amber Hawk Swanson's Performances of Self-Realization
Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History and Chair, Art History, Theory and Criticism (2005); BA with Highest Honors, 1995, Oberlin College; PhD, 2002, Northwestern University. Books: Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture (2010); Body Doubles: Sculpture in Britain, 1877–1905 (2004);ed., Scott Burton: Collected Writings on Art and Performance, 1965–1975 (2012); ed., From Diversion to Subversion: Games, Play, and Twentieth-Century Art (2011);ed., Sculpture and the Pursuit of a Modern Ideal in Britain, c.1880–1930 (2004). Awards: Clark Fellowship, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; Honorary Visiting Professorship, University of York; Getty Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship; Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship (Dartmouth College); Paul Mellon Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship; Kress Fellowship (Courtauld Institute of Art); SAIC Faculty Member of the Year (2007). Concurrent Position: Chair of the Editorial Board of The Art Bulletin.
Current Major Projects:
- Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender (forthcoming from Yale University Press in 2015)
- Co-editor (with Julian Carter and Trish Salah) of a special issue on transgender cultural production and analysis for the inaugural year of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (vol. 1, no. 4, Fall 2014)
- Scott Burton in the 1970s: Becoming Useful. Manuscript in progress
- (ed.) Scott Burton: Collected Writings on Art and Performance, 1965–1975 (Soberscove Press, 2012)
- (ed.) From Diversion to Subversion: Games, Play, and Twentieth Century Art (Penn State University Press, 2011)
- Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture (Yale University Press, 2010)
- Body Doubles: Sculpture in Britain, 1877–1905 (Yale University Press, 2004)
- (ed.) Sculpture and the Pursuit of a Modern Ideal in Britain, c.1880–1930 (Ashgate, 2004)
Selected published and forthcoming essays:
- "Queer Formalisms: Jennifer Doyle and David Getsy in Conversation, " Art Journal 73.4 (Winter 2013)
- "Acts of Stillness: Statues, Performativity, and Passive Resistance, " Criticism 56.1 (Spring 2014)
- "Capacity," TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.1, special issue: "Post-posttransexual: Terms for a 21st Century Transgender Studies" (forthcoming Spring 2014)
- "Sculpture Since 1960" in M. Kelly, ed., The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, second edition (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).
- "Catherine Opie, Portraiture, and the Decoy of the Iconographic," in Confronting the Abject: Catherine Opie, Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professorship Monograph Series (Chicago: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2014)
- "William J. O’Brien: Making Faces," in William J. O'Brien: Ceramic Heads (Los Angeles: Wood Kusaka Studios, 2014)
- "Queer Exercises: Amber Hawk Swanson's Performances of Self-Realization," GLQ 19.4 (Fall 2013):465–85
- "Preposterous Parts: Nancy Grossman's Relief Assemblages, 1965–1967," in I. Berry, ed., Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary, exh. cat (Prestel Verlag and Tang Museum of Art, 2012), 52–65.
- "John Chamberlain's Pliability: The New Monumental Aluminium Works," The Burlington Magazine 153.1304 (November 2011): 738–44.
- "Playing in the Sand with Picasso: Relief Sculpture as Game in the Summer of 1930," in D. Getsy, ed., From Diversion to Subversion: Games, Play, and Twentieth Century Art (Penn State Univ. Press, 2011), 80–93.
- "Immoderate Couplings: Transformations and Genders in John Chamberlain's Work," in D. Tompkins, ed., It's All in the Fit: The Work of John Chamberlain (Chinati Foundation, 2009), 166–211.
- "Mourning, Yearning, Cruising: Ernesto Pujol's Memorial Gestures," PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 90 (September 2008): 11–24.
- "Tactility or Opticality, Henry Moore or David Smith: Herbert Read and Clement Greenberg on the Art of Sculpture, 1956," Sculpture Journal 17.2 (2008) reprinted in R. Peabody, ed., Anglo-American Exchange in Postwar Sculpture, 1945–1975 (Getty Museum, 2011).
- "Recognizing the Homoerotic: The Uses of Intersubjectivity in John Addington Symonds's 1887 Essays on Art," Visual Culture in Britain 8.1 (Spring 2007): 37–57.
- "Fallen Women: The Gender of Horizontality and the Abandonment of the Pedestal by Giacometti and Epstein," in A. Gerstein, ed., Display and Displacement (Holberton, 2007), 114–29.
- "Privileging the Object of Sculpture: Actuality and Harry Bates's Pandora of 1890," Art History 28.1 (February 2005): 74–95.
- Making Do, online exhibition for Visual AIDS art archive, 2011
- Co-curator, Everyday People, Estudiotres Gallery, Chicago, 2008
- Action! AIDS Activism through Art, Film, and Video, film and video art series, Center on Halsted and Chicago History Museum, 2007
- Co-curator, The Cult of the Statuette in Late-Victorian Britain, Leeds City Art Galleries, 2000
- Presence in Minimal and Postminimal Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, 1995
- Single-question interview for Chicago Magazine (March 2014)
- Art's Hit Makers: The C Notes Power List 2013, by Jason Foumberg, Chicago Magazine (February 2013).
- Featured in the documentary HEAARTBEAT: John Chamberlain, dir. Alexandra Fairweather (2012)
- Fresh For(u)ms, by Karen L. Rooney, Brooklyn Rail (July 2012)
- Garden Parts/Arts, by Whitney Kimball, Artfagcity.com (May 2013)
- Lecture on Scott Burton given at the symposium accompanying the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, 2011
- Review of Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture on caa.reviews
- Interview with WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio on seeing homosexuality in art for the "Eight Forty-Eight" newsmagazine, aired 12 September 2011
- CASVA's David Getsy, Washington Post (11 April 2010)
- Conversation with Gregg Bordowitz on queer theory and art, Bad At Sports weekly arts digest, Episode #91 (broadcast May 2007
My research critically engages with the narratives of modern art from the perspectives of derided or ignored alternatives—sculpture, "academic" art, queer sexualities, transforming genders, camp, and non-seriousness. The questions I ask of the history of art are developed from engagements with the interdisciplinary fields of transgender studies, queer studies, game studies, and performance studies, and I have focused on the history of modern sculpture from its nineteenth-century origins to its legacies in contemporary art practice. My current projects deal with abstraction and transgender capacity as part of a larger inquiry into the changing status of the human figure in modern and contemporary art.
From my work on nineteenth-century sculptors such as Auguste Rodin to my research on contemporary art and performance, a central concern has been the ways in which artists have used sexuality as a resource in their development of public modes of practice, pluralistic accounts of sociality, and accessible artistic vocabularies. Similarly, my research draws from transgender studies as a means to excavate the competing accounts of personhood that underwrote histories of figuration and abstraction.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.