My research sits at the intersection of modern and contemporary art history and film and media studies. In 2017-18, I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Western Civilization, Thought, and Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. From 2015-17, I was 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 that examined the experimental films of San Francisco-based artists Bruce Conner, positioning them within a Cold War American cultural context. This research was supported by a Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation predoctoral fellowship in 2013-2014.
I’m currently working on two book projects. The first, based on my dissertation research, is called Atomic Sublime: The Experimental Films of Bruce Conner. My second book project is on the American artist Ray Johnson. Provisionally entitled Imitation of Life: Ray Johnson and Network Aesthetics, this project received an Arts Writers Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation in 2015. Finally, I am in the early stages of a third major project, called American Sky, which analyzes the surveillant optic in postwar experimental film, contemporary art, and digital media.
My writing has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Camera Obscura, 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 published in various exhibition catalogues, including for 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 in several edited collections, including Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art, ed. Gabrielle Jennings (Oakland: University of California Press, 2015), Artists’ Moving Image in Britain after 1989, ed. Erika Balsom et. al. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018), and Experimental and Expanded Animation, eds. Nicholas Hamlyn and Vicky Smith (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
Additional information about my publications can be found on my academia.edu profile. You may also contact me via email at johannagosse(at)gmail(dot)com.