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David Levi Strauss

David Levi Strauss, Chair

Writer, scholar, critic

David Levi Strauss is a writer and critic in New York. He is the author of From Head to Hand: Art & the Manual (Oxford University Press, 2010), Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics, with an introduction by John Berger (Aperture 2003), and Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art and Politics (Autonomedia 1999). Between the Eyes has been released in an Italian edition by Postmedia, and a new edition of Between Dog & Wolf, with a prolegomenon by Hakim Bey, appeared in 2010. Strauss was a Guggenheim fellow in 2003-4 and received the Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography in 2007. He was on the faculty of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College from 2000-2005, and is now Chair of the graduate program in Art Criticism & Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

  • BA, Goddard College, with additional work at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York; graduate
  • Work in the Poetics Program, New College of California
Teaching experience includes:
  • Bard College (Center for Curatorial Studies and the Graduate School of the Arts)
  • Naropa Institute (The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics)
  • New York University
  • Yale University
  • Chair, School of Visual Arts
Contributing editor:
  • Aperture
  • The Brooklyn Rail
  • founding editor, ACTS: A Journal of New Writing
Other publications:
  • Artforum
  • Art in America
  • The Nation
  • Art Journal
  • Cabinet
  • BOMB
  • Time Magazine
  • RE/Search
Awards and honors:
  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Infinity Award for Writing, International Center of Photography
  • Artspace Grant for New Writing in Art Criticism
  • Polaroid Fellowship
  • Reva & David Logan Grant, Boston University
  • "Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit," at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2010)
  • "Robert Bergman: Selected Portraits," at MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center (2010)
  • "Terry Winters: Signal to Noise," at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2009)
  • "Cecilia Vicuna: Cloud-Net," at Art in General, DiverseWorks, ArtSpace, and Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (2000)
  • "Carolee Schneemann: Up to and Including Her Limits," at the New Museum (1997)
  • "Bobby Neel Adams, Broken Wings: The Legacy of Landmines," at the Greenville County Museum of Art (1997)
Books include:
  • Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics

    Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics


  • From Head to Hand: Art and the Manual

    From Head to Hand: Art and the Manual

    Oxford University Press - August 15, 2010

  • Between The Eyes: Essays On Photography And Politics

    Between The Eyes: Essays On Photography And Politics

    John Berger (Author), David Levi Strauss (Author), Diana Stoll (Editor)

    Aperture; illustrated edition - August 15, 2005

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