Art Historian David Joselit Is the New Carnegie Professor
David Joselit, newly designated as the Carnegie Professor of the History of Art, has worked as a scholar and critic on pivotal moments in modern art ranging from the Dada movement of the early 20th century to the emergence of globalization and new media over the past decade.
His latest book, “Feedback: Television Against Democracy” (2007), addresses television as a closed circuit that video artists and media activists have broken into in a variety of ways since the 1960s. He is also the author of “Infinite Regress: Marcel Duchamp 1910-1941,” which positions Duchamp’s art at the intersection of a waning industrial world and the emergence of consumer culture, and “American Art Since 1945,” a survey that grows in part out of Joselit’s years as a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston during the 1980s and his longstanding practice as a critic for such publications as Artforum and Art in America.
In addition to these areas of focus, Joselit has a strong interest in gender, queer and feminist studies.
Joselit joined the Yale faculty in 2003 as a professor in the Department of the History of Art and has chaired the department since 2006. He previously served on the faculty at the University of California at Irvine from 1995 until his Yale appointment. He was curator at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art 1983 to 1989. He has been a visiting lecturer in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program in History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture, where he studied from 1989 to 1991.
He has also been a tutorial instructor at Harvard University, where he earned his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. in fine arts in 1981 and 1995, respectively.
Joselit has written numerous book chapters, and, in addition to his work for Art-forum and Art in America, has written journal articles and essays for such publications as Art History, Art Journal, the Boston Phoenix and Flash Art. He has also published his interviews of such artists as Richard Serra, Matthew Barney and Thomas Hirschhorn, among others.
He has been a frequent speaker in panel discussions and conferences at universities and arts institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Joselit has served on the editorial boards of Art Journal and Grey Room and as a member of the Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Council and the International Advisory Committee for the Prague Biennial. He is a member of the College Art Association.