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Catherine Damman, Ph.D.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for the Humanities | Wesleyan University

As a scholar of modern and contemporary art history, I specialize in the shifting entwinements of labor, genre, and value over the long twentieth century. Rooted in the art historical methodologies of close looking and archival research, my work explores these issues primarily, though not exclusively, through the knotted histories of experimental dance, theater, film, music, and the visual arts. 

I completed my Ph.D. in Art History at Columbia University in 2018, and my doctoral research was supported by a two-year Chester Dale Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art.

Currently, I am an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wesleyan University's Center for the Humanities (2018–2020).

In addition to my scholarly research, I write contemporary art and performance criticism, and am a frequent contributor to Artforum. My writing can also be found in BookforumBOMB, 4Columns, Art in AmericaArt JournalThe Germanic Review, and Women & Performance, and in commissioned texts for the Walker Art Center, the ICA London, the Hammer Museum, LACMA, and MoMA PS1. 


catherine.damman [at] gmail.com
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cjdamman [at] wesleyan.edu