I am an Associate Vice President, Specialist, in the American Furniture and Decorative Arts department of Christie’s.
I previously worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Self-Taught Artists, in Philadelphia. I have written in catalogs for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Ackland Art Museum at UNC Chapel Hill, San Jose State University, and the University of Delaware University Museums; my essays have been published in Folk Art and Raw Vision. I lecture frequently in the New York and Philadelphia areas on contemporary art worlds. A doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Delaware with a specialty in modern, contemporary, outsider, and self-taught art, I earned my BA from Harvard University.
Recent exhibition work:
Show Review: Outsider Art Preview: Blurred Categories and Fairs Big and Small, Hyperallergic, May 2014.
Exhibition Review: No More on the Outside Looking In: “Great and Mighty Things,” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York Times, April 2013.
Gallery Tour (video): “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Other exhibitions: “Beyond Boundaries” at Philadelphia’s Magic Garden, 2013; “Bodyscapes” at the University of Delaware University Museums, 2011; “James Newton: The Art of Delineation” at the University of Delaware University Museums, 2009.
Recent academic writing:
Essay: Bill Traylor, Raw Vision #82.
Catalog: “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, available at Yale University Press.
Catalog: Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper, available at UNC Press.
Catalog: Jon Serl: The Mutability of Being, published by San Jose State University, available at the American Folk Art Museum shop.
Essay: Thornton Dial, Raw Vision #74.
Essay: Visual Vocabularies of JJ Cromer, Raw Vision #70.
In, Of, and From Alabama: Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, and the Importance of Place in Southern Vernacular Art, invited public lecture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University (April 22, 2014).
Moderator, Life after Venice panel discussion with Lynne Cooke, Massimiliano Gioni, Randall Morris, and Leslie Umberger, the Metro Show, New York City (January 2014).
Private Collecting to Public Collection, invited public lecture at the Metro Show, New York City (January 2014).
Inside Outsider Art: Artistic, Social, and Legal Concerns Surrounding a Young Art Movement, lecture at New York Law School, New York City (November 2013).
Creating “Great and Mighty Things”, lecture for the University of Delaware Sociology Department (October 2013).
Moderator, Thornton Dial: His Work, His Legacy, and the Notion of “Outsider” Art, panel discussion with David Driskell and Greg Tate, National Academy Museum, New York City (April 2013).
Lecturer for Philadelphia Museum of Art course “What is Outsider Art?” (April 2013).
Co-organizer and panelist, Outsider Art and the Mainstream symposium, Philadelphia Museum of Art (March 2013).
Moderator, Collecting “Great and Mighty Things”: A Conversation with Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Outsider Art Fair, New York City (January 2013).
Paper, Uncommon Artists: George Widener, Uncommon Artists symposium, American Folk Art Museum, New York City (January 2013).
Paper, Henry Darger’s The Realms of the Unreal: Tales of Violence in Outsider Art, Grimm Legacies symposium, Harvard University (February 2012).
Banner image: Page proofs of “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection.