Catherine Damman is an art historian who specializes in modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on the entwined histories of experimental dance, theater, film, music, and the visual arts over the course of the twentieth century. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wesleyan University's Center for the Humanities. 

She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2018, and her doctoral work was supported by a Chester Dale Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (CASVA), at the National Gallery of Art. 

An active critic, she writes on contemporary performance for Artforum. Her writing can also be found in BookforumArt in AmericaArt JournalThe Germanic Review, and Women & Performance, as well as in publications for the Walker Art Center, the ICA London, and MoMA PS1. 


Kinetic Elegy: On Them by Chris Cochrane, Dennis Cooper, and Ishmael Houston-Jones
Artforum, November 2018

Loren Connors's Wildweeds and Unaccompanied Acoustic Improvisations Vol. 10
Artforum, October 2018

Presence at the Creation: On Judson Dance Theater
Artforum, September 2018

P.S. I Love You: On Yve Laris Cohen's  P.S. 122
Artforum, Summer 2018

How Do You Know? On Richard Maxwell's Paradiso
Artforum, March 2018

Notes on Performance, with Mark Beasley and David Grubbs
MoMA PS1, Greater New York Readers

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

Samara Golden at YBCA
Artforum, April 2016

"Control Group" in Jared Bark: Photobooth Pieces
New York: Hunter's Point Press / D.A.P., 2016

Martine Syms's Misdirected Kiss
Artforum, February 2016

Performance text for Adam Linder's Choreographic Service No. 3: Some Riding 
at the ICA London [skip to 25:00]

Aki Sasamoto's Skewed Lies / Parallel Stare
Artforum, July 2015

Yvonne Rainer's The Concept of Dust...
Artforum, June 2015

Yve Laris Cohen's Fine
Artforum, May 2015

Julia Heyward at the CCA Wattis
Artforum, May 2015

Ligia Lewis's Minor Matter
Artforum, February 2015

Sarah Michelson's 4
Women & Performance, January 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

Rituals of Rented Island at the Whitney
Art in America, March 2014

Pope.L's Cage Unrequited
Art in America, December 2013

Ryan McNamara's ME3M
Art in America, November 2013

My Barbarian's Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety...
Art in America, October 2013

Dance and Process at the Kitchen
Art in America, June 2013