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Photo credit: Dorothea Tuch

Douglas Crimp

  • Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies

PhD, Art History, City University of New York, 1994

518 Morey Hall
(585) 273-5622

Photo credit: Dorothea Tuch

In residence fall semesters only.

Courses Taught

  • AH 513/313:  Architecture, Photography, Modern/Postmodern
  • AH 550/350:  Topics in Contemporary Art & Criticism: Warhol
  • AH 511/311:  Art, Dance, and Film
  • AH 481/281:  Art and the City
  • AH 484/284:  Modern Architecture and Urbanism: L.A. Modern

Selected Publications


  • Before Pictures, Brooklyn, Dancing Foxes Press/Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2016.
  • “Our Kind of Movie”: The Films of Andy Warhol, Cambridge, MIT Press, 2012.
  • Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, Cambridge, MIT Press, 2002.
  • On the Museum’s Ruins, Cambridge, MIT Press, 1993 (Getty Publication Grant).
  • AIDS Demo Graphics (with Adam Rolston), Seattle, Bay Press, 1990 (nominated for Lambda Book Award).
  • AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism (editor), Cambridge, MIT Press, 1988 (Excellence in publishing Honorable Mention, Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division; Special Recognition, Words Project for AIDS).

Exhibition Catalogues

  • Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices, 1970to the Present (with Lynne Cooke), Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and Cambridge, MIT Press, 2010; see interview at
  • Joan Jonas: Scripts and Descriptions, Berkeley, University Art Museum, and Eindhoven, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, 1983.
  • Pictures, New York, Artists Space, 1977.

Articles in Journals and Anthologies

  • “Inside the Dance: Charles Atlas’s Early Collaborations with Merce Cunningham,” in Charles Atlas—, New York, Luhring Augustine, and Munich, Prestel, 2015.
  • “You Can Still See Her: The Art of Trisha Brown,” Artforum, January 2011.
  • “Dancers, Artworks, and People in the Galleries,” Artforum, October 2008.
  • “Yvonne Rainer, Muciz Lover,” Grey Room 22, Winter 2006.
  • “Getting the Warhol We Deserve,” Social Text 59, Summer 1999.
  • “Mourning and Militancy,” October, Winter 1989.
  • “Fassbinder, Franz, Fox, Elvira, Erwin, Armin, and All the Others,” October, Summer 1982.
  • “Pictures,” October, Spring 1979.

Catalogue Essays

  • “WAR IS TERROR,” in Louise Lawler: Receptions, published in conjunction with the exhibition Lousie Lawler: WHY PICTURES NOW, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 2017.
  • “Four Events that Have Led to Large Discoveries (about Merce Cunningham),” in Merce Cunningham: Common Time, Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, 2017.
  • “Relocating Rosas,” in Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker: Work/Travail/Arbeid, Brussels, WIELS/Rosas, Mercatorfonds, 2015.
  •  “Pedagogical Vaudeville,” in Yvonne Rainer: Space, Body, Language, Bregenz, Kunsthaus, and Cologne, Museum Ludwig, 2012.
  • “TACET,” in Tacita Dean: Seven Books Grey, Vienna, Museum Moderner Kunst, 2011.


  • Interview of Douglas Crimp Conducted by Johanna Burton, March 8, April 18, August 23, 2009, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. 
  • Mathias Danbolt, “Front Room—Back Room: An Interview with Douglas Crimp,” Trikster,
  • Tina Takemoto, “The Melancholy of AIDS: Interview with Douglas Crimp,” Art Journal 62, no. 4, Winter 2003; Japanese translation in InterCommunication (Tokyo) 51, Winter 2005.

Selected Awards/Grants

  • Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, 2011
  • Sixteenth Annual David R. Kessler honoree, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2007
  • Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health, and Human Rights, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 2000
  • Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism, College Art Association, 1988
  • Art Critics Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1984
  • Art Critics Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1973


  • Editor, October, 1986-90; Executive Editor, 1983‑86; Managing Editor, 1977-1983
  • Guest Curator, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2009-2010
  • Guest Curator, Artists Space, New York, 1977
  • Advisory Board, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York
  • Advisory Board, Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts
  • Advisory Board, InVisible Culture, University of Rochester