Julia Robinson

Assistant Professor of Art History
Ph.D. 2008 and M.Phil. 2003, Princeton University; B.A. 1991, University of Sydney in Australia

Areas of Research/Interest: Recent & Current/General & Specific: Topics in 1960s through Contemporary art. Score and language-based artistic strategies; performance (and performativity) from Fluxus through the present; the shift from medium to media in contemporary art.

External Affiliations: Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP), New York. Advising: 2013-14.

Select Publications:

Monograph on Fluxus artist George Brecht (forthcoming). 

"Lucien" (Interview with Joao Simões) in Metamatic Reloaded (Basel: Museum Tinguely, 2013), Andres Pardy ed.

"Prime Media" in ± I96I: Founding the Expanded Arts (Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofìa, 2013), Julia Robinson & Christian Xatrec, eds.

CAA book review: Branden W. Joseph, Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage, (New York: Zone Books, 2008/2012). http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/1899

"Maciunas producteur: Le ‘design’ performatif dans l'art des années 1960" in Initiales no.1- George Maciunas, ENSBA Lyon: Nov., 2012: 16-24.

"The Readymade's Virtual Field: Notes on Duchampian Shadow-boxing" in Mousse, Issue 36, Dec., 2012-Jan. 2013, Milan, 78-85.

"Multiple Manifestations: Nouveau Réalisme & Fluxus" in The Small Utopia/Ars Multiplicata, Germano Celant ed., (Venice: Fondazione Prada: 2012).

"Pollock's Concreteness: Painterly Performance or Performative Painting?" in exh. catalogue Explosion! Action-Painting-Action, (Stockholm: Moderna Museet, 2012). Curator: Magnus af Petersens

"Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties" Preview, Artforum, Jan., 2012

"Fetish or Foil: The Caprices of Claes Oldenburg" in Claes Oldenburg, edited by Nadja Rottner, October Files 13, (Cambridge: MIT Press: 2012).

Edited John Cage, October Files 12 (Cambridge: MIT Press: 2012).

"The Object of Modernism: Catalyst & Critique" in Is the War Over? Art in the Divided World 1945-1968 (Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofìa, 2011).

"To Draw Out a Story: Robert Whitman - Time Between Medium & Media" in Robert Whitman, exhibition catalogue, (Paris: Galerie 1900-2000: 2011).

16 Postwar-Contemporary Art Entries, The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (GEAA), Joan Marter, ed. (London, New York: Oxford University Press, 2010)

"Before Attitudes Became Form,” in New Realisms: 1957-62: Object Strategies from Readymade to Spectacle, Julia Robinson, ed., (Madrid/Cambridge, Mass.: MNCARS/MIT Press: 2010).

"The Sculpture of Indeterminacy: Alison Knowles' Beans and Variations" in Chance, edited by Margaret Iversen, Documents of Contemporary Art Series, (London:

Editor, contributor, and curator, The Anarchy of Silence: John Cage & Experimental Art (Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona [MACBA], 2009); catalogue essay: "John Cage and Investiture: Unmanning the System."

"From Abstraction to Model: George Brecht's Events and the Conceptual Turn in the Art of the 1960s," October 127, Winter 2008/9.

"Maciunas as Producer: Performative Design in the Art of the 1960s," Grey Room, No. 33, Fall 2008.

"Oldenburg: Monumental Contingency," in Pop Art at Princeton (Princeton University Art Museum, March 2007).

"In the Event of George Brecht" in George Brecht Events: A Heterospective (Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2005), Julia Robinson and Alfred Fischer eds. (and exhibition curators).

Upcoming Public Presentations:

April 10: Panel Discussion at Hauser & Wirth, Chelsea on the current exhibition

“Re-View: Onnasch Collection” (with Marianne Barcellona, Sid Sachs, & Jay Sanders)


April 12: “Whose Terms? Perspectives on Social Practice,” at the New Museum of Contemporary Art – organized by Johanna Burton and Alicia Ritson


April 16: Conversation with Robert Morris and Jeffrey Weiss at the NYPL


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