2014

University of Graz (Austria), Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Visiting Professor

2011 - 2012

Yale University - MFA Painting
Visiting Professor

2006 - Present

School of Visual Arts - BFA Visual & Critical Studies
Department Chair

2004 - Present

School of Visual Arts - Art History Department
Department Chair

2005 - Present

School of Visual Arts - Honors Program
Coordinator

EDUCATION

1988

Boston University
Ph.D. Philosophy

1986-1987

Universität Tübingen
West Germany

1984

Boston University
M.A. Philosophy

1979

Sarah Lawrence College
A.B.

1977-1978

Universität Tübingen
West Germany

MAJOR AWARDS


The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities
Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1988-1989

Fulbright Full Grant
1986-1987

OTHER AWARDS


Speaker in the Humanities
New York State Council for the Humanities, 1996-1998

NEH Seminar, Harvard University
"Blake and Rousseau: Making the Modern Self," Summer 1995

NEH Seminar, Princeton University
"The Problem of Language and Human Nature: Locke through Romanticism," Summer 1992

NEH Institute, Johns Hopkins University
"Art and the Emergence of Aesthetics in the Eighteenth Century," Summer 1990

Senior Teaching Fellowships
1985, 1987-88

Matchette Prize
1987

School of Criticism and Theory
Dartmouth College, Summer 1986

Borden Parker Bowne Fellowship
1986

First Prize: American Society for Aesthetics
Annual Essay Contest, 1986

TEACHING

2014

University of Graz (Austria), Institut für Kunstgeschichte

2012

Yale University

2004 - Present

School of Visual Arts

1995 - 2004

Wesleyan University

1995; 2003-2004

Sarah Lawrence College

1992 - 1995

New York University

1993 - 1994

City University of New York

1989 - 1991

Wabash College

1985; 1987-1988

Boston University

AFFILIATIONS

International Association of Art Critics

College Art Association

American Society for Aesthetics

American Philosophical Association

Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

International Association for Philosophy and Literature

CONFERENCE PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS

October 2017

“How Aesthetic Judgment Avoids Becoming a Mere Human Capacity,” invited talk at the conference "Où en sommes-nous avec la Théorie esthétique d'Adorno," University of Rennes, France

May 2016

Invited participant, Aesthetics Workshop, Australian Research Council, Monash University

April 2016

Introduction to Luigi Ballerini’s Cephalonia, Italian Cultural Institute, NYC

March 2016

“Adorno and the Coldness of Intimacy,” invited talk at the Global Adorno Conference, University of Amsterdam

February 2016

Panelist at gallery discussion of the exhibition TRACE/MATTER at Five Myles Gallery in New York

November 2015

Chair at session on alternative arts at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics in Savannah

September 2014

Speaker at the "Questioning Aesthetics" symposium at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn

June 2014

“On Nature and Human Coldness,” Keynote Speaker at the conference Naturally Hypernatural - Concepts of Nature Kunsthaus Graz and Institut für Kunstgeschichte, University of Graz, Austria

March 2013

Commentator on paper at annual conference of American Philosophical Association in New Orleans

February 2012

"Architecture and the Sublime" invited talk at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

April 2011

"Concerning the Pleasure in Art" invited contribution to SVA conference on Kandinsky

May 2008

"Artist Dialogue with Judith Linhares" New York Public Library

October 2006

Presider at the session “Modernity: Pro and Con” at the National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists in NYC

April 2006

Participant in the first annual conference “Politics, Criticism, and the Arts” at Vanderbilt University

April 2006

Respondent to three papers in a session titled “Temporality and the Aesthetic” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Montreal

March 2006

“Hogarth’s Roving Eye” lecture delivered at the annual conference of the American Society for 18th Century Studies in Portland, Oregon

November 2005

“Honoring the Humanities Curriculum for the Fine Arts Major” invited talk at the annual meeting of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design

November 2003

“Mistaking Judgment in Kant’s Third Critique” invited lecture at the New School for Social Research

December 2002

“Edmund Burke and the Problem of Taste” invited lecture at the University of Maine

April 2001

Invited lecture on “Hogarth’s Line on Mimesis” at the University of Southern California

April 2001

Invited lecture, “After Mimesis” at the University of California, Berkeley, conference on Adorno’s aesthetics

April 2000

“Hogarth’s Line on Mimesis” lecture delivered at the annual conference of the American Society for 18th Century Studies in Philadelphia

February 2000

“Lukacs, Greenberg, and Modernism” lecture delivered at the annual conference of the College Art Association, New York City

February 2000

Invited lecture on “Edmund Burke’s `Real Sympathy’ for Imitation” at Vanderbilt University

February 2000

Invited lecture on “Theodor Adorno and Mimesis” at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York

November 1999

Invited lecture on “The Mistakenness of Beauty: The 18th Century Foundations of Taste” at Parson’s School of Design, New York City

October 1999

“Marx Wartofsky’s Unfinished Aesthetic Theory” lecture delivered at the annual meetingof the American Society for Aesthetics in Washington, D.C.

September 1999

Panel presenter in a session titled “In the Death of Self-Identity is the Birth of Creativity” at the annual meeting of the National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists (School of Visual Arts) in New York City


September 1999

“Edmund Burke’s `Real Sympathy’ for Imitation” lecture at the Center for Humanities at Wesleyan University

May 1999

Invited lecture on “The Beauty of Edmund Burke’s Social Ambition” at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University

April 1999

“Mimesis and Society in Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory” lecture delivered at the annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in Eugene, Oregon

April 1999

Invited lecture on “The Mistake of Beauty” at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon

March 1999

“Mimesis and the Dialectic of Social Enlightenment in the Aesthetics of Burke and Kant” lecture delivered at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Milwaukee

March 1999

“Marx’s Unfinished Aesthetics” invited lecture at the New School for Social Research

November 1998

Delivered lecture on a panel at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City for the publication of The Wake of Art: Criticism, Philosophy and the Ends of Taste

November 1998

Commentator on two papers at the annual American Society for Aesthetics conference at Indiana University, Bloomington

October 1998

“The Mistakenness of Beauty” lecture delivered at the New York Council for the Humanities, New York City

October 1998

“Reclaiming Aesthetic Judgment for Art Education” lecture delivered at the National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists at the School of Visual Arts, NYC

October 1998

“Workshop on Autonomy and Formalism in Law and Aesthetics” at ColumbiaUniversity’s Center for Law and Philosophy: invited participant in two-day workshop

September 1998

“Burke’s Sublime, or, the Reckless Imitation of Death” lecture delivered at the Northeast Association for Eighteenth Century Studies at Williams College

September 1998

“Kant, Mimesis, Adorno” lecture delivered at the International Congress of Aesthetics in Ljubljana, Slovenia

August 1998

“Marx’s Unfinished Aesthetics” lecture delivered at the World Congress of Philosophy in Boston

May 1998

“Revisiting Mimesis and Representation” lecture at the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, at U.C. Irvine

February 1998

“Greenberg and Lukacs” invited lecture at the University of Maine

December 1997

“The Vienna Secession: The Look of the New at the Turn of the Century” lecture at the German House, Wesleyan

February 1996

"Rereading Kant and the Object of Art History" co-chair and organizer, College Art Association, Boston

November 1995

"Bernstein and Adorno" lecture at the American Society for Aesthetics, St. Louis

April 1995

"On the Mistakenness of Beauty" invited lecture at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

March 1995

"Beauty and Social Theory" invited lecture at Alfred University

March 1995

"The Kantian Sublime" invited lecture at Sonoma State University