My research sits at the intersection of modern and contemporary art history and film and media studies. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Art History & Visual Culture in the College of Art & Architecture at the University of Idaho. In 2018, I was named the inaugural Curatorial Research Fellow at the Ray Johnson Estate. Previously, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at CU Boulder, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University. I received my doctorate in 2014 from the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, with a dissertation on the experimental films of San Francisco-based artist Bruce Conner, which was supported by a Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation predoctoral fellowship.
I’m currently working on two book projects. The first, Imitation of Life: Ray Johnson and Network Aesthetics, was awarded an Arts Writers Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation in 2015. The second, tentatively entitled American Sky: Surveillance and Democracy in Postwar Media Art, analyzes the role of surveillant optics in postwar experimental film, contemporary art, and digital media.
My writing has appeared in journals such as Camera Obscura, Millenium Film Journal, Art Journal, MIRAJ: Moving Image Review and Art Journal, Oxford Art Journal, Radical History Review, Journal of Art & the Public Sphere, and the Journal of Black Mountain College Studies. I have written essays for exhibition catalogues, including f0r the 2016 retrospective BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE, organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and have contributed to various edited collections, including Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art, ed. Gabrielle Jennings (Oakland: University of California Press, 2015), Experimental and Expanded Animation, eds. Nicholas Hamlyn and Vicky Smith (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and Artists’ Moving Image in Britain after 1989, ed. Erika Balsom et. al. (New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2019).
Additional information about my publications can be found on my academia.edu profile. You can contact me via email at jgosse(at)uidaho(dot)edu.