I am an art historian and theorist, and my daily life consists of three main
activities: teaching (about art and its histories), writing (often about art, but
sometimes about other things) and making art, both images and some
assembled objects. I am currently a visiting assistant professor at Saint Olaf
College, where, happily, I get to teach subjects that are continuously
fascinating to me. I’ve taught courses on modern art, contemporary art (Art
Since 1945), really contemporary art (Art Now), African art, and gender and
sexuality in art since modernism, just to name a few.
I have a PhD in art history from UCLA, with a specialty in contemporary art
and critical theory. A long-standing interest in appropriation art led to a
dissertation on the work of Sherrie Levine. I am currently reworking this
book-length study into shorter, zippier articles about the importance of
appropriation as a tactic in the art of the moment. I am also deeply invested
in feminism and queer theory, and am dedicated to keeping both traditions
vital, and the link between them strong.
This website, on the other hand, is primarily dedicated to my visual artwork.
It is an archive of sorts, but it is not comprehensive. I present it as a sample
of the different types of work I’ve produced over nearly two decades. Many
of the pieces included here—except for the very recent work—have been
sold or given away. For me, the value of this virtual archive is in allowing
people to see works—all of which have been labors of love—that would
otherwise be seen by very few.
Thanks for visiting!
Questions? You can contact me at tradowsky at yahoo dot com.