I am committed to the idea that art history is more than a chronology of artworks, styles, and movements. Studying the visuality of the past helps us see potential futures, and therefore visual analysis can critically intervene in culture and politics. Ultimately, all of my work as a critic, curator, and scholar is aimed toward realizing a more inclusive and hospitable world.
To that end, I have:
- Shared my art historical research at the College Art Association conference, the University of St Andrews, and Harvard University
- Organized exhibitions that addressed the energy industry, Iraq War, and urban development for Blaffer Art Museum. They were accompanied by catalogues published by University of Texas Press, JRP Ringier, and Distributed Art Publishers, and spotlighted in Artforum, Frieze, Bomb, and Interview Magazine
- Collaborated on artist residencies through the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts that resulted in the production of new artistic projects
- Mentored diverse leaders in civic engagement– many of my former interns are now starting curatorial practices, caring for museum collections, and advocating for the arts while fighting for social justice
These days, when I am not in my home office working on my dissertation in art history for Rice University, I am singing in choir, watching television shows about spies, and traveling to art collections around the world.
– Rachel Hooper