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Oakland University
Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
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phone: (248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

Oakland University
Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
(location map)
phone: (248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377


Associate Professor of Art History
Director of the Center for Public Humanities
320 Wilson Hall

PhD, Cornell University, 2009, History of Art and Visual Studies
MA, Cornell University, 2007, History of Art and Visual Studies
MFA, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003, Fine Arts
MA, Tufts University, 2003, Art History
BA, Williams College, 1997, Art (honors)

Major Fields
Art criticism, critical theory, contemporary art in the US, modern Latin American art

Courses Taught
AH 1002 Western Art: Renaissance to Present
AH 2100 Concepts of Modern and Postmodern Art
AH 3080 Latin American Art
AH 3430 Art Since 1960
AH 3000 Critical Thinking and Writing in Art History II (formerly, Critical Theory)

2019-20 Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow, Cranbrook Academy of Art
2016 OU Faculty Research Fellowship Award
2015-16 OU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Faculty Fellow


Feminist Subjectivities in Fiber Art and Craft: Shadows of Affect. Routledge Research in Gender and Art Series. New York/London: Routledge, 2019.

Ventura, C. A. Review of Feminist Subjectivities in Fiber Art and Craft: Shadows of Affect. Choice Review 57, no. 6 (Feb 2020): Choice Review #57-1824.


“Organicism Revisited: Politics and Biological Metaphor in Beverly Fishman’s C.E.L. 109.” DIA Bulletin (2016).  (In press.)

“Pills, Protest, and Piracy,” The Brooklyn Rail (June 2015).

---Reprinted in Beverly Fishman: Big Pharma. Columbus, OH: Columbus College of Art and Design Contemporary Art Space, 2015, 11-12. Exhibition Catalog.

“How to Build a Heliocentric Aesthetic: A Beginner’s Guide” in Susan Goethel Campbell: Field Guide. Edited by Dick Goody. Rochester, MI: Oakland University Art Gallery, 2014. Exhibition catalog.

“What Does Greimas’s Semiotic Square Really Do?”  Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 47.1 (March 2014). 

“Kari Cholnoky: Transnational Primitivism,” BE Magazine, no. 21 (2014), 132-135.

“Graem Whyte’s Carnal Optimism,” in Graem Whyte: Resystemize. New York: CUE Foundation, 2014.  Exhibition catalog.

---. Reprinted in ART21 Magazine, Apr 18, 2014, http://blog.art21.org/2014/04/18/graem-whytes-carnal-optimism/#.VL504fldVu4.

“Making Room: The Artful Tactics of Sally Schluter Tardella,” in Sally Schluter Tardella: Memory Palace. Edited by Dick Goody. Rochester, MI: Oakland University Art Gallery, 2014.  Exhibition catalog.

“On Beauty and Longing: Susan E. Evans in Finland,” in Susan E. Evans: Kaiho. Edited by Dick Goody. Rochester, MI: Oakland University Art Gallery, 2014. Exhibition catalog.

“The Complex Geographies of Shirin Neshat.” Art Papers (May/June 2013): 26-31. Editor reviewed.

“Contemporary Art from the Land Down Under.” The Huffington Post, May 24, 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-corso/contemporary-art-from-the_b_3326568.html Editor reviewed.

“Marshall Brown: A Concept for Future Development: Sugar Hill Arts District Minority Report.” Art Papers (March/April 2013): 28-29. Invited.

“Blood Ain’t What It Used to Be.” The Huffington Post, October 3, 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-corso/blood-aint-what-it-used-t_b_1931990.html Editor reviewed.

“In Defense of Symbolic Interactionism: A Theoretical Response to Bourdieu.”  Max Weber Studies. 12.2 (2012): 225-239. Refereed. 

 “DIA Gets Dose of Big Pharma.” The Huffington Post, August 31, 2012.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-corso/dia-gets-dose-of-big-pharma_b_1834803.html Editor reviewed.

“Still Small Voice of the City.”  The Huffington Post, July 12, 2012.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-corso/performance-art-detroit_b_1665859.html Editor reviewed.

“Wendy is Coming…Look Busy!” Hyperallergic, July 2, 2012. http://hyperallergic.com/53794/wendy-hwkn-moma-ps1/.  Editor reviewed.

“The Life and Opinions of Liam Gillick, Gentleman-artist.” The Huffington Post, June 27, 2012.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-corso/liam-gillick-new-york_b_1630714.html.

 “Clinton Snyder at Suzanne Hilberry.”  The Oakland Journal, forthcoming, Fall 2012. Editor reviewed.

“Patti Smith, Polaroids and Post-Mortems.” The Huffington Post, June 14, 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-corso/patti-smith-dia_b_1594384.html. Editor reviewed.

Oral presentations and public lectures

“Reading Race: Art After Ferguson.” Guest lecture presented for the Oakland University College of Arts and Sciences 2015-2016 Theme, January 27, 2016.

 “Public Forum Discussion with Beverly Fishman.” Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, October 29, 2015.

 “How Should We Train the Next Generation of Art Critics?” Panel Chair. The College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 2015. Refereed.

“Critical Theory in the Midwest: The State of the Discipline.” Panel Chair. Mid-America College Art Association Conference, Detroit, MI, October 4, 2012.  Juried.

“Foucault on Art, or, Why Artists and Archivists Make Good Friends.”  Cranbrook Lecture Series, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, January 24, 2012. Invited.

“Duchamp’s Sweater.” Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, June 6, 2011.  Juried.

“Spanish Structuralism: Repositioning Ortega y Gasset’s History As A System.”  Historical Crossroads: Spain from the Second Republic to the 21st Century Conference, The University of Auckland, New Zealand, February 18, 2010.  Juried.

“The Brandeis Dilemma: Sacrificing Art for Economic Sustainability.” Understanding Sustainability Conference, Portland State University, Portland, OR, May 14, 2009.  Juried.

“Corporal Channels: The Performing Body as Transceiver.” The American Studies Colloquium Conference, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, May 31, 2006.  Juried.

“Hired Hands, Fired Bodies: Extinguishing Male Desire in The Ironworkers’ Noontime and The Floorscrapers.”  The Annual Frick-IFA Graduate Symposium, The Frick Collection, New York, NY, April 8, 2006.  Invited.