Photo Alec Rosenthal

I'm a New York City-based art critic at work on a memoir about trauma passed down through the descendants of a Louisiana slave owner. I'm also organizing an art exhibition for dogs called dOGUMENTA that will land in NYC in fall of 2016.

As an art critic, I've reviewed exhibitions for publications like the Village Voice and Art in America; I've contributed artist profiles and reporting 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 worked at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., on the (failed) Diller Scofidio + Renfro Seasonal Inflatable Structure. In my earliest years as a writer I was an art critic for the Washington City Paper and I had 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. 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 was a visiting professor for UCLA at the University of California Washington, D.C., Center for several years as well. I love teaching but right now it's all about the book.