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I received my PhD in Art History from Stanford University in early 2023. My dissertation is titled “The Fountain: Art, Sex and Queer Pedagogy in San Francisco, 1945–1995.”


I curated a four-screening series, Vibrations for a New People, for the Moving Image dept. of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, on May 3–4 (in person) and May 10–11, 2024, 7pm. I also wrote an essay, “Morbid Symptoms,” for the Walker’s online Reader.

I co-curated the 68th Flaherty Film Seminar “Queer World-Mending” with artist Steve Reinke, June 17–23, 2023 at Skidmore College, NY. You can find the list of artists here and the program listing here. I’m returning to Saratoga Springs to present this curated program, Unshielded, in the Tang Teaching Museum’s “Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video” screening series on Monday, March 18, 2024 at 6pm.

I reviewed the exhibition The Lives of Documents—Photography as Project at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal for Camera Austria  163.

My paper “The Word Made Flesh: On John Bentley Mays’s ‘Miracles of Emanuel Jaques'” is in RACAR 48.1 (2023). I presented it at the UAAC Conference at the University of Toronto on October 29, 2022 on the panel Queer Episodes of Canadian Art and at the General Idea Symposium at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, on June 4, 2022.

I have an essay called “Defaced” in Chris Curreri (Kingston, ON: Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Contemporary Calgary, 2023), edited by Emelie Chhangur.

I reviewed Rui Mateus Amaral, Paul P. and Scott Treleaven’s book Scott Burton: Garden Court for C Magazine online (May 24, 2023).


I edited an anthology of video artist Colin Campbell’s scripts and other writings (short fiction, articles, talks, excerpts of his two novels, etc.) for Concordia University Press entitled More Voice-Over: Colin Campbell Writings. It has been reviewed by Charles Reeve in RACAR, Francisco-Fernando Granados in C Magazine and Keith Garebian in Literary Review of Canada

I also edited issues #5 and #6 (2021) of Little Joe magazine with Sam Ashby.


“I Almost Ran Over Liza Minnelli Today”: Colin Campbell and Lisa Steele in L.A., 1976–77 was on view at the ONE Gallery, West Hollywood, from July 8 until September 23, 2018. Press: Artforum Critic’s Pick. It toured to VOX – Centre de  l’image contemporaine, Montréal (February 11–June 26, 2021) and Or Gallery, Vancouver (November 19, 2022–January 28, 2023). Press from tour: Le Devoir, Vie des Arts and ReIssue.

Shary Boyle & Emily Vey Duke: The Illuminations Project was on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, from February 3 until April 29, 2018. Press: Halifax Magazine, Visual Arts NewsThe Coast, Akimboand Rachel M Thornton.

See my Curating page for all other exhibitions and screenings.


I wrote “Where Nostalgia Languishes: Josh Faught and San Francisco” for the CCA Wattis Institute Library’s 2022 Open Call.

I wrote a short text for students about David Wojnarowicz’s Untitled (One Day This Kid…) for Smarthistory.

I wrote “Cinema for the Dead?: Queer Diaristic Film & Video” for A Companion to Experimental Cinema (Wiley Blackwell, 2022), edited by Federico Windhausen.

My PhD advisor Richard Meyer and I have “A Dialogue” in A Concise Companion to Visual Culture (Wiley Blackwell, 2021), edited by Aubrey Anable, Joan Saab and Catherine Zuromskis.

A personal introduction to the films of Curt McDowell was published on the Friends of Canyon Cinema platform in December 2021.

My article “Sell Your Parents: Marketing the Handwriting of Julia Warhola and Phung Vo” was published in Master Drawings 58, no. 3 (2020).

I wrote a short memorial text for RM Vaughan (1965–2020) to accompany the curated program A Selection of Dazzling Scarves: Films & Videos by RM Vaughan for CFMDC and Vtape.

“The Fountain” for The Hoosac Institute 6 (2020).

My review “The Not-Quite-Forbidden Fruit: Sexploitation’s Queer Temporality” of Elena Gorfinkel’s 2017 book Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s was published in GLQ 25, no. 3 (2019).

I contributed short texts on Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Zackary Drucker, Josh Faught, Steve Reinke and James Richards, Ashley Hans Scheirl, and Akram Zaatari for the 2nd revised and updated edition of Art & Queer Culture (Phaidon, 2019), edited by Catherine Lord & Richard Meyer.

My curatorial esssay “Tongue and Groove” for the 2015 solo exhibition House & Home & Garden was published in Roula Partheniou: Index (Dunlop Art Gallery, 2018), edited by Jennifer Matotek and Roula Partheniou.

I wrote a short text on Andil Gosine’s artwork 1, 2 for the Coolie Coolie Viens exhibition catalogue (McIntosh Gallery, Western University, 2018), edited by Matthew Ryan Smith.

I have an essay called “From Stillies to Stills” in the book Contact Warhol: Photography Without End (Cantor Arts Center + The MIT Press, 2018) by Peggy Phelan and Richard Meyer. The accompanying exhibition was at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2018–9.

My review “Misfitting Together” of Douglas Crimp’s 2016 book Before Pictures appeared in  Criticism 60, no. 1 (2018).

I wrote “Michael Wallin: The World Is Full of Miracles ” for the Canyon Cinema 50 website in 2018 (it was also published in Canyon Cinemazine #6).

“A Love Letter to Videofag” was published in The Videofag Book (Book*hug, 2017), edited by William Ellis and Jordan Tannahill.

See my Writing page for all other published texts

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