Seth J. McCormick

School of Art and Design
Assistant Professor

Phone: 828-227-3601
Office Address: BAC 140/141


  • Ph.D. Art History, Columbia University, 2007 (fields of specialization: post-war American and European art, 20th Century Art, 19th Century European Painting and Sculpture)
  • M.A. Art History, Columbia University, 2000
  • B.A. Art-Semiotics, Brown University, 1996

Grants/Fellowships, and Awards:

  • Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University Art Gallery, 2007-2009
  • Contemporary Art Society Award, 31st Annual Cleveland Symposium, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Museum of Art, April 2005
  • Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University, 2003-2004
  • Columbia University Department of Art History and Archaeology Summer Travel Grant, 2001


  • “Exhibition as Proposition: Responding Critically to The Third Mind,” Art Journal vol. 68, no. 3
    (Fall 2009), pp. 31-51. Convener and moderator of round-table discussion on the Guggenheim Museum exhibition The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989, January 30-April 19, 2009. Discussants included Reiko Tomii, Hiroko Ikegami, Jeffrey Wechsler and Midori Yoshimoto; response by Third Mind curator Alexandra Munroe.
  • “Neo-Dada 1951-1954: Between the Aesthetics of Persecution and the Politics of Identity,” Communities of Sense: Rethinking Aesthetics in Practice, co-editor with Beth Hinderliter, William Kaizen, Vered Maimon, and Jaleh Mansoor (Duke University Press, 2009).
  • “Introduction,” with Beth Hinderliter, William Kaizen, Vered Maimon, and Jaleh Mansoor, Communities of Sense.
  • “‘In Memory of My Feelings’: Jasper Johns, Psychoanalysis, and the Expressive Gesture,”
    Source: Notes in the History of Art (Spring 2008).
  • Selections from the Collection of Edward R. Broida, exhibition brochure, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., September 3–November 12, 2006.
  • “Ouverture: Naomi Fisher,” Flash Art, vol. 34, no. 216 (January-February 2001), p. 108.
  • “Deborah Mesa-Pelly,” Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, exhibition catalogue (New York: P.S.1, 2000).
    Artists’ biographies, Making Time: Considering Time as a Material in Contemporary Video and Film, exhibition catalogue (Lake Worth, Fla.: Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, 2000).
  • Wild/Life, or the Impossibility of Mistaking Nature for Culture, exhibition catalogue, co-authored with Amy Cappellazzo, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, April 26–July 26, 1998 (Greensboro: University of North Carolina, 1998).

Conference Papers and Symposia:

  • “Dubuffet, Paulhan, Bachelard: From Materialism to Matiérisme,” College Art Association Annual Conference 2010, Chicago, February 11, 2010.
  • “‘En faveur de Sade’: Cruelty and Commitment in Post-War French Art,” Southeastern College Art Conference 2009, Mobile, October 22, 2009.
  • Invited speaker, “Black Mountain College + Collaboration: Speaker’s Panel,” Yale University Art Gallery, November 13, 2008.
  • Organizer and moderator, “Screencasts: Cinema as Medium in Contemporary Art,” year-long lecture and film series featuring talks by invited scholars, curators, and artists, Yale University Art Gallery, September 2008-May 2009.
  • Invited participant, “Post-Studio Lessons: Teaching Art in the 21st Century,” daylong think tank held at the Museum of Modern Art, May 15, 2008.
  • “The Sex of Painting: Jasper Johns, Leonardo, and Freud,” presented by invitation at the symposium “Jasper Johns: Grey Uncensored,” Graduate Center, City University of New York, March 3, 2008.
  • Invited participant, “Jasper Johns: Materials and Methods,” Mellon Colloquy in Modern and Contemporary Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, March 26-28, 2007.
  • “‘In Memory of My Feelings’: Jasper Johns, Psychoanalysis, and the Expressive Gesture,” College Art Association Annual Conference 2007, New York, February 17, 2007.
  • “Jasper Johns and Zen: Post War Cultural Politics in International Perspective,” Works-in-Progress lecture series, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., March 27, 2006.
  • “Signs and Wonders: Jasper Johns and the Pictographic Imaginary,” Pennsylvania Graduate Humanities Forum (“Word and Image: Visual Dialogues”), February 16-17, 2006.
  • “Jasper Johns, Jewish Artist,” 31st Annual Cleveland Symposium (“Addressing Ideologies”), Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Museum of Art, April 2005.
  • Co-organizer, “Communities of Sense: Rethinking Aesthetics in Practice” conference, Columbia University, April 18-19, 2003.
  • Coordinator, Visiting Artists Lecture Series, School of the Arts, Columbia University, 2002-2003.

Public Presentations:

  • “Representing Equality: Richard Serra and Martin Puryear,” seminar held in conjunction with annual “Art and Learning” members’ event, Yale University Art Gallery, February 29, 2008.
  • Organizer, “Art in Context: The Photographic Document,” roundtable discussion with artists Whitfield Lovell and Lois Conner, Yale University Art Gallery, December 6, 2007.
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