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Derek Conrad Murray

Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture
History, Theory and Criticism of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture
Research Interests: 

Derek Conrad Murray is an interdisciplinary theorist specializing in the history, theory and criticism of contemporary art and visual culture. He works in contemporary aesthetic and cultural theory with a particular attention to technocultural engagements with identity and representation. He has contributed to leading magazines and journals such as American ArtArt in AmericaParachuteArt Journal, Third TextConsumption Markets & Culture and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, where he currently serves as Associate Editor. Murray is also currently serving on the Editorial Board of Art Journal (CAA) and the Editorial Advisory Board of Third Text. Murray is the author of Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights (I.B. Tauris, UK, 2016). Murray is also the author of two forthcoming volumes: a single-authored book entitled, Mapplethorpe and the Flower: Radical Sexuality and the Limits of Control (I.B. Tauris – Bloomsbury, 2019); and an edited volume entitled, Visual Culture Approaches to the Selfie (Routledge Press, 2020).

Office: 
Porter D215
Office Hours: 

Winter Quarter 2019: Wednesdays: 2:00 - 4:00

Mailing Address: 

Derek Conrad Murray, University of California at Santa Cruz, Porter Faculty Services, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Selected Publications: 

Books:

Visual Culture Approaches to the Selfie (Routledge Press, 2020 - Forthcoming).

Mapplethorpe and the Flower: Radical Sexuality and the Limits of Control (I.B. Tauris – Bloomsbury, 2019 - Forthcoming

Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights (2015) I.B. Tauris (UK).  

Education and Training: 
PhD, History of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
MA, History of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
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