I am committed to the idea that art history is more than just a chronology of artworks, styles, and movements. Methodologies for visual analysis, cultivated by the study of art history, can intervene in culture and politics. I believe that studying the visuality of the past helps us see potential futures, and ultimately all of my work as a critic, curator, and scholar is aimed toward realizing a more inclusive and sustainable world.
Some ways I have worked collaboratively and engaged in broad conversations:
- Active as an art critic and was an art writing workshop fellow with AICA-USA and the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program
- Presented my art historical research at the College Art Association conference, the University of St Andrews, and Harvard University
- Edited books for Blaffer Art Museum published by University of Texas Press, JRP Ringier, and Distributed Art Publishers; and organized exhibitions that were 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
- Many of my former interns are now leaders in civic engagement– 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 movies and television shows about spies, and traveling to art collections around the world.
– Rachel Hooper