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Julia Robinson

Associate 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:

Tutor - Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP), New York.

Select Publications:


“Space/ Latitude/ Attitude: Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, 1959–67” in collective volume tracing the history of the Virginia Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, MIT Press (contributors: Michael Govan, Robert Hobbs, Liz Kotz, James Meyer, Philippe Vergne, Edward Vazquez) (forthcoming, 2017)


In the event of George Brecht, OCTOBER/MIT Press (forthcoming, 2017)


"Retracing the Expanded Field: Encounters between Art and Architecture", edited by Spyros Papapetros & Julian Rose: Cambridge: MIT Press: 2014: “Responses”, 191-193 (contributors: George Baker, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin Buchloh, Beatriz Colomina, Penelope Curtis, Hal Foster, Kenneth Frampton, Branden W. Joseph, Rosalind Kraus, Miwon Kwon, Josiah McElheny, Eve Meltzer, Mary Miss, Anthony Vilder, et al.)


“From Abstraction to Model: George Brecht’s Events and the Conceptual Turn in Art of the 60s [Part I]”, in "Cine Qua Non Magazine 8", Spring/Summer ’14: 46-77 (Portuguese & English)


Une Table Ronde, New York, April 27, 2013, in ”Art by Telephone - Recalled”, edited by Sébastien Pluot & Fabien Vallos: Montpellier, France: Editions Mix, La Panacée, cneai=, esba, Talm, Ebabx,: 2014: 91-153 (French). Participants: Hannah Higgins, Nicholas Knight, Sylvia Kolbowski, Eve Meltzer, Bruno O’Keefe, Julia Robinson & Sébastien Pluot.


"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).


"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).


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


"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).


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).



Recent Public Presentations:



Nov. 17, 2014 Zero: Coutdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s,  Deutsches Haus at NYU

Panel Discussion on the exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum (with Valerie Hillings, exh. curator, and Tiziana Caianiello, Zero Foundation, Düsseldorf).


Nov. 13, 2014 Sari Dienes, The Drawing Center, New York

Panel Discussion (moderator) in conjunction with the Sari Dienes exhibition curated by Alexis Lowry Murray, and Delia Solomons,

(Participants: Alison Knowles, Gillian Jagger, and the curators)


Oct. 25, 2014  Fred Herko: A Crash Course - Department of Performance Studies, NYU

Conference organized by Gerard Forde

(Participants: Marc Siegel, Danielle Goldman, Heather Love, Richard Move, Ara Osterweil)


Sept 16, 2014 Williams: The Production Line of Happiness

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Panel discussion organized in conjunction with the exhibition.

                        (Participants: Devin Fore, R.H. Quaytman, John Kelsey, John Miller, Jeff Wall. Moderated by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator, Department of Photography, and curator of the exhibition at MoMA)


Apr. 16, 2014  Object Sculpture, 1960-1965 - Robert Morris in Conversation with Julia Robinson and Jeffrey Weiss – Artist Dialogue Series, New York Public Library


Apr. 12, 2014  “Whose Terms? Perspectives on Social Practice.”

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York –

Symposium organized by Johanna Burton and Alicia Ritson

Feb. 20, 2014  From New Artistic Paradigm to Museological Mandate: Music & Art after John Cage – contribution to symposium Music and Museums, Lorenzo de’ Medici - The Italian International Institute, Florence, Italy


Sept. 22, 2013            Who is Jack Goldstein?

The Jewish Museum, New York

Panel Moderator (Participants: Morgan Fisher, Robert Longo, Matt Mullican, Kathryn Andrews, and Paul Pfeiffer)


June 19, 2013 +/- 1961: Founding the Expanded Arts

Lecture followed by a public discussion with Christian Xatrec &

Simone Forti, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


Apr. 27, 2013 Art by Telephone – Recalled,

Round Table organized by Sébastien Pluot, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York (Participants: Hannah Higgins, Nicholas Knight, Sylvia Kolbowski, Eve Meltzer, Bruno O’Keefe)


Feb. 16, 2013    The Social, the Relational, and the Participatory: A Reevaluation

Invited panelist, Society of Contemporary Art Historians, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York

Updated on 11/11/2016