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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 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, 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 peer-reviewed journals such as Camera Obscura, Millenium Film JournalArt Journal, MIRAJ: Moving Image Review and Art Journal, Oxford Art JournalRadical 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.