From the Chair

When searching for calm amidst the chaos of daily life, I often find myself doing one of two things: taking a walk in nature or taking a walk through a museum. For me, both museums and nature provide a similar sense of calm, both create order from chaos, and both...

From the Chair

There is much anticipation surrounding the reopening of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, after a long period of construction and a conceptual pivot that promises to mine the museum for a much less traditional method of projecting the historical and contemporary...

From the Chair

Culture is a readymade, often treated as such by both artists and consumers of art. It is digital low-hanging fruit in a perpetual remix. In such remixes, we see the vestiges of history in a chaotic freefall. The history of art is bound up in history generally, and...

From the Chair

As a faculty member and Chair of the Art Department, I have the extraordinary privilege to be able to think about art almost all the time. As artists who teach, we often get lost in the responsibilities of our teaching and other aspects of our university life over...

From the Chair

What is the shelf-life of an idea? How long do ideas stay relevant or fresh in the way that other perishables have a particular period of time in which they fulfill their original promise or ideal? These questions are not limited to the abstract or philosophical, but...

From the Chair

I have a multi-drawer Steelcase file cabinet in my office filled with xeroxed copies of articles, essays, and printed matter that, at some point in my life, I found to be interesting or even profound. Even as I write that sentence it feels arcane and of another time....