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Frances Cathryn

Kingston, NY

Frances writes cultural criticism on topics ranging from the myth of American exceptionalism and marginalized historical landscapes to material histories in design for children and memorials to the coronavirus 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 history museums, arts journalism, and community organizing for more than a decade. She received her BA in literature and liberal studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her MA in modern and contemporary literature from the University of Virginia. She manages editorial projects at Forge Project, a new Native-led arts initiative supporting leaders in cultural work, Indigenous knowledge, food security, and land justice. In 2021–22, Frances is part of New Inc. at the New Museum, working in the Future Memory track to build an online curriculum that reconsiders how privileged source materials dictate who and what stories are credibly documented.