Frances Cathryn

Kingston, NY

Frances Cathryn writes cultural criticism on topics ranging from the myth of American exceptionalism to marginalized historical landscapes for such publications as Frieze, the Los Angeles Review of Books, ARTnews, the Brooklyn Rail, and Social Text journal. She has presented her work at the Yale School of Art, MASS MoCA, NYU ITP, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, among others. She has been invited to guest lecture on such topics as memory in the Museum Studies graduate department at New York Univerity, Eve Tuck’s concept of refusing research at the Rhode Island School of Design, and coloniality in mass media at Providence College.

Frances received her bachelor’s degree in literature and liberal studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. She has worked in history museums, arts media, and community organizing for more than a decade. Most recently, Frances manages editorial projects at Forge Project, a Native-led arts and education initiative working to upend political and social systems formed through generations of settler colonialism. She serves on the board of trustees for the Kingston Public Library. In 2021–22, Frances is part of New Inc. at the New Museum, working in the Future Memory track to build an online multimedia project that reconsiders how privileged source materials dictate who and what stories are credibly documented.