Frances Cathryn

Kingston, NY

Frances Cathryn is a writer and editor who combines archival research, media theory, and social design to recontextualize American cultural narratives. She 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.

Frances has worked in media, history museums, and arts organizations for more than a decade. In 2021–22, she was part of New Inc. at the New Museum, working in the Future Memory track to develop an online archival project that challenges western intellectual traditions in cultural institutions. Frances currently manages editorial projects at Forge Project, a Native-led arts initiative working to upend political and social systems formed through generations of settler colonialism, where she coordinates publications, advises writers-in-residence, authors a monthly newsletter, and in fall 2022 will launch a digital-first journal, Forging.