Practice: Author and Photography
Date of Lecture: 1992-10-23
Douglas Crimp is an art historian, writer and critic who has made significant contributions to contemporary art theory and postmodernism. In the 1970s, his art criticism regularly appeared in prominent art magazines. Crimp joined the staff at the journal October in 1977, and was to remain there as editor until 1990. On the Museum’s Ruins (MIT Press, 1993) is a collection of Crimp’s essays addressing the relationship between art practice and institutions, as well as the postmodernist status of photography within the discourse of the contemporary museum.
Crimp’s 1988 book, AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism, is considered to be a founding work on AIDS and explores the crisis of representation that AIDS has posed to contemporary culture. AIDS Demo Graphics (Bay Press, 1990) further investigates this issue through chronicling the history of the AIDS activist group ACT UP, allotting particular significance to the collective’s graphic output. Crimp’s most recent book is Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics (MIT Press, 2002). Crimp is currently working on a book about Andy Warhol’s films.
Crimp has been awarded the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism and has twice received the Critics Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently a professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester.