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Secret Behavior
Secret Behavior is a journal/magazine centered on themes of contemporary art and the human condition. I serve as one of the editors, and regularly contribute short essays on art and artists. Two issues have come out so far, with a third issue due in late January, 2016. Secret Behavior is carried by Distributed Art Publishers, and is available in specialty/curated bookstores; copies can also be purchased online.


Exhibition reviews from The Indypendent (Note: These reviews are generally edited by the newspaper staff, who also provide the headlines/titles). The Indypendent is a progressive newspaper based in New York City.


"The Power of Pictures" @ Jewish Museum; December, 2015

Walid Raad @ Museum of Modern Art; November, 2015

"¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York" @ multiple venues; October, 2015

Doris Salcedo @ The Guggenheim; August, 2015

"Revolution of the Eye" @ Jewish Museum; June, 2015

Arne Svenson @ Julie Saul Gallery; May, 2015

Peter Saul @ Venus Over Manhattan; April, 2015

"Vision Quest" @ Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; February, 2015

"We the People: The Citizens of NYCHA in Photos + Words" @ Brooklyn Historical Society; January, 2015

"Assenting Voices: Agitprop Art From North Korea" @ John Jay College Shiva Gallery; December, 2014

Ralph Fasanella & Willem van Genk @ American Folk Art Museum; October, 2014

Murals in NYC: Filling Public Space With Beauty (a look at 3 NYC public art projects); July, 2014

"Urbes Mutantes" @ International Center of Photography, & "Bearing Witness: Art and Resistance in Cold War Latin America" @ John Jay College Shiva Gallery; June, 2014. This review was also published on Truthout.

"Aftershock: The Impact of Radical Art" @ Edelman Arts; May, 2014

"Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties" @ Brooklyn Museum; April, 2014

"In Pursuit of Freedom" @ Brooklyn Historical Society; February, 2014

"Peter Schumann: The Shatterer" @ Queens Museum; December, 2013

"Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" @ Grey Art Gallery, & "Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography" @ Schomburg Center; October, 2013

"¡CHILE VIVE!, Historical Posters from the Popular Unity Government (1970–73)" @ El Taller Latino Americano; September, 2013

"Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" @ Center for Book Arts, other venues; August, 2013

"A Different Kind of Order" @ International Center of Photography; July, 2013

Trevor Paglen @ Metro Pictures; February, 2013

Siyaka Taylor-Lewis @ Brecht Forum; December, 2012

Yayoi Kusama @ Whitney Museum; September, 2012

Sharon Hayes @ Whitney Museum; September, 2012

"Activist New York" @ Museum of the City of New York; June, 2012

Diego Rivera @ Museum of Modern Art; March, 2012

Sanja Ivekovi─ç @ Museum of Modern Art; March, 2012

"The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936–1951" @ The Jewish Museum; March, 2012

"HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" @ Brooklyn Museum; January, 2012

Harun Farocki @ Museum of Modern Art & Maurizio Cattelan @ The Guggenheim; January, 2012

"107 Stories Through Restaurant Workers Eyes" @ Nathan Cummings Foundation; December, 2011

"No Comment" (Occupy Wall Street art exhibit); November, 2011

"The Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY, 1931–42" @ CUNY Graduate Center; October, 2011

"The Making of the Chinese New Working Class" @ Ludlow 38; August, 2011

"The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918" @ The Guggenheim & "Geometric Days" @ Exit Art; April, 2011

"The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: One Hundred Years After" @ NYU Open House & "Art/Memory/Place: Commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire" @ Grey Art Gallery; March, 2011

"Ladies First: Beyond 28 Days" @ Brecht Forum; February, 2011

"FRACKING: Art and Activism Against the Drill" @ Exit Art; January, 2011

"Cuba in Revolution" @ International Center of Photography; December, 2010

"Abstract Expressionist New York" @ Museum of Modern Art; November, 2010

"Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism" @ Jewish Museum; September, 2010

"Undercurrents: Experimental Ecosystems in Recent Art" @ The Kitchen and various locations; June, 2010

"After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy" @ The Bronx Museum & "VidéoStudio: New Work from France" @ The Studio Museum in Harlem; May, 2010


"I Am Still Alive" & "Staging Action" @ Museum of Modern Art; March, 2011 (an unpublished review originally intended for The Indypendent)


NYC gallery reviews from Harp & Altar. Harp & Altar was a literary journal based in Brooklyn, New York.


January–February, 2013

November, 2011–January, 2012

October–November, 2010

October, 2009–February, 2010

May, 2009

October–November, 2008

May, 2008

November, 2007

December, 2006

September, 2006


in The Brooklyn Rail: Jonas Mekas @ James Fuentes LLC; November, 2010


at Arts in Bushwick: Graham Guerra's palimpsests; May, 2014


I wrote a brief introductory essay for a monograph on the work of painter Eric White, which was published by Rizzoli in October, 2015. Learn more about the book here.


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