Photo Alec Rosenthal

I'm a widely published New York City-based art critic, reporter and professor. Right now, in addition to journalism, I'm writing a memoir and organizing dOGUMENTA, America's first art show for dogs, 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 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 2010-2014, where I taught courses about the intersection of art history, politics and urbanism.