Photo Alec Rosenthal

I'm a New York City-based art critic at work on a memoir about the traumas passed down from Nazi Germany and Antebellum America. I'm also organizing America's first art exhibition for dogs, dOGUMENTA, which debuts in New York City this August.

In my recent work as a critic, I reviewed exhibitions for the Village Voice and Art in America and contributed artist profiles and features to the Wall Street Journal. From 2000-2011 I penned the Washington Post's galleries column and generally made that city's arts community miserable (despite vigorous protests from the "Dump Dawson Committee"). From 2011 to 2013 I was Director of Identity for the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., working on the Diller Scofidio + Renfro Seasonal Inflatable Structure. In my earliest years as a writer I was an art critic for the Washington City Paper and held a staff job at Architecture magazine. During the course of my career I've interviewed artists ranging from Yoko Ono to Mark di Suvero to Joan Jonas and Peter Halley. And I've reviewed more exhibitions than I can remember. 

I received my B.A. in art and architectural history from Barnard College and my M.A. in art history from George Washington University. I taught high school Advanced Placement art history for a few years and then became a visiting professor for UCLA at the University of California Washington Center from 2010-2013, where I taught courses in art history, politics and urbanism.