Terra Anima is a cloud of programming with an exhibition component that includes gallery talks, hikes, round table discussions, lecture, and bread breaking among artists, scientists, anthropologists, and others around soils and ecologies. All part of the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.


From Soil Thresholds (c) Claire Pentecost


The chapter “Collecting Social Things” in Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts explores the challenges involved when social practice projects enter museum collections.

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In January 2017, I began my tenure as the Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Research at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. This is a new position created as part of the Integrated Arts Research Initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation. It aims to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborative projects that integrate ideas and approaches embodied in the arts.

My first curatorial project at the Spencer Museum of Art is a cluster of exhibition, hikes, gallery talks, lectures, and roundtable discussions titled, Terra Anima.

I served as the second Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 2015-2017 (see curatorial page).


My last curatorial project at the MCA Chicago


Curator and cultural critic, Maurice Berger’s NY Times Lens blog deals with my collective, John Q’s 2010 project, Memory Flash.

The academic symposium, Convergence, for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s 150th anniversary examined how master of arts alumni’s professional practice has been influenced by being educated in an art school environment. Great to be a part of this conversation.

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Pleased to announce the release of “Participatory Research,” the special issue of Visual Methodologies: A Postdisciplinary Journal I co-edited with Sarah Franzen. It highlights the amazing work of the Visual Scholarship Initiative at Emory University!

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The Visual Scholarship Initiative at Emory University partnered with Art Papers to bring Allan Sekula to Atlanta in 2011. Listen to the interview here.

A conversation with artist and friend Judy Barber for Burnaway’s Loveseat.