Branden W. Joseph

Branden W. Joseph

Fellow: Awarded 2018

Field of Study: Fine Arts Research

Competition: US & Canada


Branden W. Joseph is the Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1999 and taught at Rice University and the University of California, Irvine, before being appointed at Columbia. Widely published within the fields of art history, musicology, and cinema studies, Joseph’s research focuses on those North America and European artists from the 1950s to the present day whose work has challenged or crossed traditional genre and disciplinary boundaries. He is the author of five books, including Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde (2003), Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage (2008), The Roh and the Cooked: Tony Conrad and Beverly Grant in Europe (2012), and Experimentations: John Cage in Music, Art, and Architecture (2016), as well as the editor of three volumes, including Kim Gordon, Is It My Body? (2014) and Carolee Schneemann, Uncollected Texts (2018). He was a founding editor of Grey Room, a quarterly academic journal covering the fields of art and architectural history, media studies, and political theory, where he served as a contributing editor for the first fifty issues (2000-2013), before moving to the editorial board. More recently, Joseph was the consulting curator (to Sabine Breitwieser) of Kinetic Painting, the first full-scale retrospective of the pioneering artist Carolee Schneemann, which was installed at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and the Museum of Modern Art/PS1, New York (2015-2018). He has previously received fellowships from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the American Academy in Berlin. His current project, tentatively entitled Forms of Life, examines the work of Kathy Acker, Jack Smith, Lee Lozano, and Carolee Schneemann.