Catherine Quan Damman 

Selected Writings & Talks

Reviews & Essays

Best Books of 2021
Bookforum, Winter 2021

On My Barbarian
Artforum, November 2021

On Tiffany Sia at Artists Space
Artforum, Summer 2021

On Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at MoMA PS1
Frieze, April 2021

On Lorraine O’Grady
Artforum, March 2021

On Tishan Hsu at SculptureCenter
4Columns, October 2020

Nina Menkes’s Queen of Diamonds
BOMB, Summer 2020

Ligia Lewis's minor matter and Water Will (In Melody)
, September 2019

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Marys Seacole
Artforum, May 2019

On Veep
, April 2019

Robert Ashley’s Improvement: Don Leaves Linda
, April 2019

On Marlon Riggs
4Columns, February 2019

Moriah Evans’s Configure
Artforum, January 2019

Chris Cochrane, Dennis Cooper, and Ishmael Houston-Jones's Them (pdf)
Artforum, November 2018

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

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

Yve Laris Cohen's  P.S. 122
Artforum, Summer 2018

Richard Maxwell's Paradiso
Artforum, March 2018

“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

Martine Syms’s Misdirected Kiss
Artforum, February 2016

Aki Sasamoto’s Skewed Lies / Parallel Stare
, 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

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
Catalogue & Exhibition Texts

“Reach & Spread,” in Paul McCarthy: Headspace, Drawings 1963–2019 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles 2020

“Living Female Respondent,” text for Jennie Mary Tai Liu choreographic commission in conjunction with Merce Cunningham: Clouds and Screens, LACMA, Los Angeles 2019

Notes on Performance, with Mark Beasley and David Grubbs, Greater New York  Readers, MoMA PS1, New York 2015

“Control Group” in Jared Bark: Photobooth Pieces. Hunter’s Point Press / D.A.P., 2016

“On Roots and Reckoning” on Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2014

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

 Invited Talks

“Carl Cheng: Experiments in Art & Catastrophe,” University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, April 2021

“Placeless Performance: With Friends,” Bennington College Visual Arts Lecture Series, Bennington, VT, May 2020

“The Bigger Picture: How the New MoMA is Remaking History,” Artforum public panel, New York City, September 2019

“Regeneration,” L.A.B. (Language, Art, Bodies) Series at The Kitchen, New York City, September 2019 

“The Work of Art in the Age of Half-Hearted Reproducibility,” Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT,  February 2019 

“Revelations: Performance in the 1970s,” PAM, Los Angeles 2017 


Candice Lin
BOMB, Fall 2021 

Carolyn Lazard
BOMB, Fall 2020 

Saidiya Hartman
Artforum, July 2020 

Ligia Lewis
Spring 2019