Catherine Damman is an art historian and writer.
She is currently the Chester Dale Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and is completing her PhD in art history at Columbia University.
Catherine’s research focuses on performance and the history of art, including experimental dance, theater, film, and music. In brief, she considers how artists have alternatively embraced or disavowed performance’s embodied practices and formal techniques and how that reciprocity is rhetorically staged—stalking the margins of what is understood to be experimental, avant-garde, or retrograde.
These issues are central to her dissertation—on the entanglements of narrative, media, and performance in American art of the 1970s—and to an article, “Dance, Sound, Word: The ‘Hundred-Jointed Body’ in Zurich Dada Performance,” which appears in The Germanic Review.
Her writing has been commissioned by institutions such as the Walker Art Center, the ICA London, and MoMA PS1 and appears in publications such as Art Journal, Women & Performance, Art in America. An active critic, she is a frequent contributor to Artforum's coverage of contemporary performance.
email: catherine.damman [at] gmail.com
See Change: Remembering Trisha Brown
Bookforum, Summer 2017
Simone Forti: Lesson in Suppleness
Art Journal, Spring 2017
Richard Maxwell's Showcase
Artforum, December 2016
Brian Getnick's Moonchops
Riting, October 2016
"Control Group" in Jared Bark: Photobooth Pieces
New York: Hunter's Point Press / D.A.P., 2016
Performance text for Adam Linder's Choreographic Service No. 3: Some Riding
at the ICA London [skip to 25:00]
Yvonne Rainer's The Concept of Dust...
Artforum, June 2015
Yve Laris Cohen's Fine
Artforum, May 2015
Ligia Lewis's Minor Matter
Artforum, February 2015
Steve Paxton at Dia:Beacon
Artforum, November 2014
"On Roots and Reckoning" on Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
at the Walker Art Center
Simone Forti and Charlemagne Palestine's illummminnnatttionnnsssss!!!!!!!
Artforum, April 2014
Ryan McNamara's ME3M
Art in America, November 2013
Dance and Process at the Kitchen
Art in America, June 2013
Samara Golden at YBCA
Artforum, April 2016
Julia Heyward at the CCA Wattis
Artforum, May 2015
Rituals of Rented Island at the Whitney
Art in America, March 2014
My Barbarian's Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety...
Art in America, October 2013