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MoMA x Gwangju Design Biennale. I assisted Senior Curator Paola Antonelli in organizing MoMA’s presence at the 2015 Gwangju Design Biennale–a rethinking of MoMA’s 1994 “Humble Masterpieces” exhibition to reflect “selected distinctive Korean daily designs juxtaposed with quotidian design classics.”

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Check out design podcast 99% Invisible‘s story on the AIDS Awareness Red Ribbon. I’m on around the 13 min mark talking about its recent acquisition by MoMA.

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I co-organized Designing with Data which opened July 7, 2015, at the Hyundai Card Design Library in Seoul, Korea.

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The first MIT Media Lab Summit devoted to designKnotty Objects will gather designers, scientists, engineers, makers, writers, curators, and scholars around the discussion of four complex and omnipresent objects, along with the rich stories they can tell. The objects–brick, bitcoin, steak, and phone–will become lenses through which we examine the transdisciplinary nature of contemporary design. I’m excited to be a part of organizing this event.

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I was super excited to spearhead acquiring Gilbert Baker’s wonderful Rainbow Flag into MoMA’s collection, and to get to interview him for the Museum’s archives. You can read an excerpt here.

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Take a look at the newest contemporary design works in MoMA’s collection in a post I authored with Paola Antonelli.  

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I wrote curatorial overviews and fully participated in curatorial selection for each of the projects in the catalogue, as well as coordinated the editing of the publication alongside lead authors Paola Antonelli and Jamer Hunt.

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I produced the final Design and Violence debate at MoMA on May 28, 2015. Debaters: Larry Lessig (AGAINST), Gabriella Coleman (FOR). Moderators: Paola Antonelli and Jamer Hunt. Motion: Internet freedom and digital privacy will come about only through the design of better tools for civil disobedience and direct action.  

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ArtHistoryTeachingResources.org has come a long way from the time in 2011 when I was tapping away on my laptop building out the very first old site. From the journal this week on AHTR: This week, we are excited to announce that AHTR has received a Kress Digital Resources Grant for $20,000 to support preliminary research… Continue reading Untitled

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I co-organized the current contemporary design exhibition at MoMA, titled This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good. I co-authored a post describing the impetus behind the show, here.

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More details on the paper session I’ll be participating in here.

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This is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good

   

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ArtHistoryTeachingResources.org launches new site design and content. In 2011, I set out with my colleague and AHTR co-founder, Karen Shelby, to better support peer discussion and collaboration teaching the art history survey. We built a site and started to create and support content; four years and several grants (including a Kress) later, we re-launched the site in late January 2015.

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I co-authored a post on some exciting new acquisitions we made at MoMA!

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On October 14, 2014, the exhibition Digital Typefaces opened at the Hyundai Card Design Library in Seoul, Korea. The exhibition is curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator in MoMA’s Architecture and Design Department, and Michelle Millar Fisher, Curatorial Assistant and Art History PhD Candidate at the Graduate Center, in collaboration with the Hyundai Card Design… Continue reading Untitled

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I co-organized a symposium on Synthetic Biology at MoMA, Synthetic Aesthetics: Design Biology and Life. 

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November 2014. Three-part course at the Frick Collection, “Masterpieces in Dialogue.”

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October 2014. Two reviews for ARTnews. PDFs here and here.

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October 2014. I co-authored a reflection on MoMA’s Design and Violence exhibition with senior curator Paola Antonelli. See the full post here.

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Post on the Society of Architectural Historians Blog on–you guessed it–Corbu’s legacy. July 2014.

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  I reviewed two exhibitions for the summer 2014 issue of ARTnews. PDFs here and here.

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I participated in the 2014 closing celebrations of the Frick-Columbia Narrative Medicine program partnership, giving a gallery talk on the wonders of Hogarth’s Miss Mary Edwards.  

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Collection Object Entries for the Currier Museum of Art

I wrote extended collection entries for works by Donald Judd, Catherine Opie, Anthony Caro, Liz Nofziger, Layla Ali, and Chris Taylor as part of the Collections Access Project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Currier Museum of Art Collections. 2014

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“This is for Everyone,” Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web. Co-authored with Paola Antonelli. May 2014.

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“Why Digital Art History?”

Peer-reviewed. Co-authored with Anne Swartz. “Why Digital Art History?” Journal of Visual Resources, Vol. 30, No. 2, June 2014. [PDF]  

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Design and Violence is a curatorial experiment organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA and Jamer Hunt, Director, graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons The New School for Design, and myself. Check it out here. I’ve worked on the project during my time at MoMA, both online, as a contributing… Continue reading Untitled

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I gave a paper, culled from part of my dissertation research, titled “Nothing is Transmissible but Thought: Le Corbusier’s Radiant Farm Made Real,” at the April 2014 Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, in Austin, TX.

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Translating Utopia: FSA Architecture and Le Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse

March 2014 California Design Colloquium, UC Berkeley, CA. The California Design Research Group, which comprises scholars in the University of California system whose research concerns Californian architecture, landscape architecture, and design, held its first bi-annual Graduate Student Colloquium: NEW THINKING ABOUT CALIFORNIA. PhD candidates from Europe and the United States presented papers on topics addressing Californian architecture,… Continue reading Translating Utopia: FSA Architecture and Le Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse

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February 2014 Annual College Art Association Conference (CAA), Chicago I oversaw the successful realization of the College Art Association’s Digital Humanities THATCamp at CAA 2014. I maintained the collaboratively authored THATCamp website, and researched, invited, programmed and directed a three day conference for ninety digital humanities innovators in collaboration with Anne Swartz of Savannah College… Continue reading Untitled

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Frick Forum Evening Class–“What is Art History?”

Over three weeks, my evening class explored the question “What is Art History?” through gender, technology, aesthetics and criticism, looking at sixteenth-century bronzes, works by Monet, Whistler and Cy Twombly, and curious eyes.

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“dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany,” Exhibition Review, SECAC Review, XLIV, December, 2013. [PDF]

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December 2013 12th Annual CUNY IT Conference, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY  

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One of the most poignant signs I saw waved during the Occupy Movement was held by a young woman who politely advised The System to “F**k your free internships.” Free intern labor wasn’t ever right, but it has become glaringly unethical in the current post-Lehman-crash era. That protest placard highlighted the unpaid internship as a simultaneous symptom and result of badly broken political and social systems.

Read the whole post here.

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The digital humanities project I founded in 2011, arthistoryteachingresources.org, was awarded a $25,000 institutional grant to support further exploration and development. The site reaches 80+ countries as a peer-network for discussing and disseminating art history pedagogy.

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November 2013 Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ

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November 2013 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association Annual Conference, NJ 

Paper: Le Corbusier’s Radiant City in Diaspora

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October 2013 Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute Faculty Roundtable, Baruch College, NY I led a workshop on interdisciplinarity and the arts. See the Prezi here.

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I won a Knickerbocker American Studies Dissertation Proposal Research Grant, Summer 2013, and headed to California for a deep dive into archives and site research.

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Painting, Identity and Modern Life Three-part course: July 9, 10 & 11, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Michelle Fisher, Adjunct Lecturer in Art History, Parsons The New School for Design Participate in three conversations that reflect on identity and modernity in the nineteenth century. How did painters such as Manet, Monet, and Renoir use their canvases to… Continue reading Untitled

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Poster Session Co-presenter for Art History Teaching Resources at the February 2013 Annual College Art Association Conference (CAA), New York.

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“My main concern was that, unlike at my previous place of work (the Guggenheim Museum), I hadn’t found any basic template or peer-to-peer platform for sharing teaching resources. I felt like I’d spent a semester reinventing a very linear wheel. I was searching for the conversations teachers of all levels have (or don’t get to… Continue reading Untitled

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Fall 2012–a semester of exploring the history of the nineteenth century through visual arts and architecture.

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DAAD Summer Language Fellowship in Berlin, July/August 2012

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